Young hits floaters with 4.4 links, Hawks beat heat 111-110

ATLANTA – Met Trae Young a floater in the lane With 4.4 seconds left, the Atlanta Hawks overcame a 16-point deficit in the second half to beat top seeded Miami 111-110 on Friday night and cut the Heat series lead to 2-1.

Jimmy Butler missed a jumper by 12.6 seconds that could have given the Heat a three-point cushion. He missed another unbalanced 3 on the buzzer with De’Andre Hunter in the face to give the Hawks a boost of hope in the best-of-seven series.

Game 4 takes place in Atlanta on Sunday night.

PJ Tucker led a 21-0 run in the third quarter that put the Heat to an 84-68 lead and seemingly on cruise control to a 3-0 lead. But Young and the Hawks wouldn’t let her escape.

Young finished the tournament with 24 points despite another strong defense from the Heat. Bogdan Bogdanovic added 18, Hunter 17 and three others hit double digits to take some of the pressure off the Star Guard.


After a 45-point performance in Game 3, Butler was held to 20 that game, missing a golden opportunity to put Miami in a stranglehold on the series.

Tyler Herro led the heat with 24 points and Max Strus also had 20.

The Hawks led by 11 in the first half and were still up 68-63 when Hunter hit a 3-pointer with just under eight minutes to go in the third.

That’s when Miami suddenly took control of a game that was delayed about 45 minutes after a suspicious package was found outside State Farm Arena before the game.

The Heat cranked up their suffocating defense, parrying shots and silencing a sell-out crowd used to seeing the Hawks win at home.

Tucker scored eight points in the six minutes, but his best work came from Young at the other end.

Leaning on him so much that Young pushed him away in frustration during an inbounds game, Tucker, 36, used every trick in the book to choke on just the second player in NBA history to top the league in total points and led assists.


Despite Young hitting just 2 of 7 shots in the first half, the Hawks led at the break for the first time in the series.

Danilo Gallinari had 11 points, five Atlanta players were making 3s and the Hawks were 61-54 heading into the dressing room.


Tipoff was delayed after the suspicious package was found outside Gate 2 of the arena, near a stairwell that provides access to a MARTA subway station.

Three gates were closed, preventing fans from entering while police, K-9 units and arena security cleared the area and examined the package.

A bomb squad safely removed the package after determining it was not explosive, clearing the way for the entrances to be opened.

Despite the delay, many fans were still stuck in long lines outside the arena when the game started. But the place was hopping by the end of the night



Heat: Tucker had 11 points. … Butler nearly had a triple-double with 10 rebounds and eight assists. … Bam Adebayo had 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Hawks: John Collins again started at center in place of the injured Clint Capela, who has not yet starred in the series but has not played a major role. Collins struggled again with an injured finger, managing just six points and five rebounds. .


The Hawks have built up quite a home field advantage since mid-January, winning 21 of their last 24 games in the ATL. They will be aiming for their seventh straight home win in Game 4.


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