ATLANTA — Trae Young hit a floater in the lane with 4.4 seconds left and the Atlanta Hawks overcame a 16-point second-half deficit to beat top seeded Miami 111-110 on Friday night, cutting the lead by the Heat series at 2-1.
Jimmy Butler missed a jumper with 12.6 seconds left that could have given the Heat a three-point cushion. He again missed a lopsided 3 at the buzzer with De’Andre Hunter in his face to give the Hawks a burst of hope in the best-of-seven series.
Game 4 takes place Sunday night in Atlanta.
PJ Tucker led a 21-0 third quarter run that pushed the Heat to an 84-68 lead and seemingly on cruise control to a 3-0 lead. But Young and the Hawks weren’t letting them get away.
Young finished with 24 points despite another big defensive effort from the Heat. Bogdan Bogdanovic added 18, Hunter 17 and three others scored in double figures to relieve some pressure on the star guard.
After a 45-point effort in Game 3, Butler was held to 20 in this one and missed a golden chance to give Miami 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 still led 68-63 when Hunter hit a 3-pointer with just under eight minutes left 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 mounted their stifling defense, knocked down shots and silenced a sold-out crowd that was used to seeing the Hawks win at home.
Tucker scored eight points in six minutes, but his best work came at the other end on Young.
Leaning on him so much that Young pushed him away in frustration on an incoming play, Tucker, 36, used every trick in the book to stifle the second player in NBA history to lead the league in total points and assists.
Even though Young only hit 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 scored 3 points, and the Hawks led 61-54 heading into the locker room.
New York Post