Atlanta Hawks star Trae Youth says he had no doubt that his late floater would sink the Miami Heat

ATLANTA Trae YoungHe got his last chance to bounce in. Jimmy ButlerHe missed his last heave, and the Hawks beat him Miami Heat 111-110To draw within 2-1 in their first round playoff series with East's top-seeded teams.

Young said, “I didn’t have any doubt that it was going to be made if I shot it,” and his floater with 4.4 seconds remaining capped an Atlanta 16-point second half comeback.

The eighth-seeded Hawks had to win two tournament play-ins in order to qualify for the playoffs. They appeared headed for a 3-0 series deficit at various points on Friday night.

The Heat's 21-0 win in the third quarter was the first. This slowed down the energy in a State Farm Arena that was otherwise lively and placed them in a position to take control of the fourth.

“We were down big,” he said. Onyeka OkongwuThe injured center has been manned by a substitute, namely, Clint CapelaThis series. “I look up at the scoreboard and I think, ‘We have to get this thing moving.'

Atlanta stormed back to claim a three-point advantage on Okongwu's free throw and and-one layup. In the final minute of the game, however, the Heat took the lead 110-109. P.J. TuckerCorner 3-pointer at 54.2 seconds remaining and the Hawks looked in serious trouble once more.

The Hawks and Heat traded two missed jump shots after the Tucker make. Bogdan Bogdanovic9.8 seconds remain for the defensive rebound.

“When that miss was down one, it was basically like, Go,'” Nate McMillan, Hawks coach, said. “And [Young]Knows what to do with the basketball and was able make a play on the last possession.

McMillan was reluctant to call timeout in the third period, when the Heat scored the final 16 points in their 21-0 run without McMillan signaling for one. But that instinct served McMillan well and the Hawks created Young's win.

McMillan explained that McMillan did not intend to call a timeout. “It was a perfect scenario for us. We got back in transition, and he saw an open lane. He attacked. He didn't settle. He attacked the basket and was successful in finishing it. That's the play we're going for, in fact, every time.

Erik Spoelstra, the Heat coach, gave credit to Young (24 points and seven rebounds, with four assists) for getting through when the Hawks needed.

Spoelstra stated that Young had a bit of an angle, and was able make a tough runner. He makes it look effortless, but it's not an easy shot to go full speed and with the touch. It felt like it touched every part of the rim.”

Miami called timeout and Butler missed the buzzer with a fadeaway 3.

Butler, who scored 20 points in the second game of Game 2, after scoring a career-best 45 in Game 2. “I'll make it the next time.”

Atlanta improved to 23-3 in its 24 last home games, Friday's win over the Philadelphia Eagles and its play-in win against the Atlanta Hawks. Charlotte HornetsYoung, who shot 1-for-12 during Game 1 and then had 10 turnovers for Game 2, was somewhat redeemed.

Young, who was 6-for-14 on the field with three turnovers, said that she just wanted “to come here and take the ball care of the ball” after his Game 3 performance. I just have to keep going. It's only one game so I have to play it again.

The Hawks were aided by Okongwu (18 points on 4-for-4 shooting and six rebounds), Bogdanovic (18 point, eight rebounds and six assists) as well as Bogdanovic (18 points, two steals). Delon Wright(13 points, 6-for-6 shooting; five rebounds).

Wright described the locker-room mood after the game as “a sigh” and said that it felt like relief. “Having lost two games, it was a huge pressure on us to win one of the wins.”

McMillan hopes the pressure will be manageable by his team as they try to extend their postseason run, which is already impossible.

He said, “Our backs were against a wall and the only thing we talked about was being peaceful in the fourth quarter.” “I felt that our guys were able to get back to their calm. I took a deep breath and got back to my calm.

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