LOS ANGELES – Trae Young delivered the game-winner for Atlanta in a 111-110 victory over the Miami Warmth on Friday because the Hawks clawed their manner again into their NBA playoff first-round collection.
The Hawks lower the deficit of their best-of-seven Jap Convention first-round collection to 2-1.
The reigning NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks, in the meantime, grabbed a 2-1 collection lead with a 111-81 rout of the Chicago Bulls.
PJ Tucker’s three-pointer with lower than a minute to play had put the Warmth up 110-109 because the conflict in Atlanta got here all the way down to the frantic ultimate minutes.
With 5.5 seconds remaining Younger drove the lane and floated within the basket that proved the distinction, with Miami star Jimmy Butler watching his contested three-point effort on the buzzer bounce off the rim.
“I simply wished to attempt to get to the basket,” stated Younger, who scored 24 factors to guide six Hawks gamers in double figures. “I knew there was solely 10 seconds left … I didn’t need to accept a 3. So I attempted to get all the way in which to the rim and both get a foul or a layup.”
The highest-seeded Warmth had received the primary two video games of the best-of-seven Jap Convention collection at dwelling.
Their probabilities of taking a 3-0 stranglehold seemed good when a 21-0 scoring run within the third quarter noticed them take an 84-68 lead in a sport that was delayed greater than half an hour after a suspicious package deal was discovered exterior the Hawks’ enviornment earlier than the sport.
However the Hawks, little question effectively conscious that no NBA workforce has come again from a 3-0 deficit to win a best-of-seven collection, closed the third on a 9-1 scoring run.
Younger’s three-pointer knotted the rating at 104-104 with 2:26 remaining and it was a dogfight from there.
Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 18 factors off the bench for Atlanta. That included three three-pointers within the Hawks’ fourth-quarter fight-back.
“We’re not shedding this sport, that’s what was on my thoughts the entire sport and that’s the way in which we performed, particularly final quarter,” Bogdanovic stated. “We stored believing.”
Younger scored 10 factors within the ultimate body and Bogdanovic had 9 because the Hawks rallied after being out-scored 31-16 within the third.
“The way in which we performed, the way in which we didn’t give up till the top, this exhibits us the character of the workforce,” Bogdanovic stated.
Tyler Herro led Miami with 24 factors. Butler and Max Strus added 20 apiece, Butler shaking off a collision with John Collins that despatched him crashing to the ground underneath the basket within the opening minutes.
Miami level guard Kyle Lowry scored simply six factors earlier than he was dominated out with a hamstring damage within the third quarter.
The Hawks will attempt to degree the collection at two video games apiece after they host sport 4 on Sunday.
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