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Trae Young’s late shot lifts Hawks over Heat

ATLANTA — Trae Young hit a floater on the lane with 4.4 seconds left and the Atlanta Hawks overcame a 16-point deficit in the second half to beat top seed Miami 111-110 on Friday night and take the Heat series lead to shorten 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.

Trae Young hits the game-winning floater.
Trae Young hits the game-winning floater.
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Trae Young hits the game-winning floater.
Trae Young hits the game-winning floater.
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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.

Jimmy Butler drives to the basket during the Heat's Game 3 loss to the Hawks.
Jimmy Butler drives to the basket during the Heat’s Game 3 loss to the Hawks.
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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 had 3s and the Hawks were 61-54 heading into the dressing room.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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