Trae Young hit the go-ahead floater with 0.9 seconds left as the Atlanta Hawks beat the New York Knicks 107-105 in Game 1.
"As I hit the floater, it just felt like everybody got quiet," said Young, who shushed the crowd after the shot. "I was waiting for them F-you chants again. I was excited."
Young finished the game with 32 points, 10 assists, and seven rebounds.
Young became the first player since Michael Jordan in 1989 to have 30 points and 10 assists in a playoff game at Madison Square Garden.
"I definitely know the history of players coming in here and being hated. Like I said, I take that as a compliment to be honest with you. Obviously I'm doing something right if you hate me that much. I embrace it and try to focus on my team and trying to help my team win. At the end of the day, we'll get the last laugh if we do that," added Young of being booed for the majority of the game.
Lou Williams said he encouraged Young to take the final shot.
"Tie ball game in Madison Square Garden with an opportunity to win the game. ... You kind of trick yourself into thinking you gotta make a play. Hey man, go win the basketball game. This your team. These guys have put the franchise on your shoulders as well as the other young guys. You're the 'Point God,' go win the basketball game."