The Atlanta Hawks have finally managed to register their first win in the first-round playoff series against the Miami Heat. The ATL victory was once again led by their star point guard Trae Young, who hit another incredible game-winner over the Miami defence. Ice Trae drove into traffic and then hit a floater with 4.4 seconds on the clock to tip the scales in Atlanta’s favour.
I didn’t have any doubts: Young
The 23-year-old ended the game with 24 points with eight assists and four rebounds. He also shot 6-14 from the field while hitting two three-pointers. While addressing his game-winner, Young said, “I didn’t have any doubts. I was able to get to the basket and get my floater.”
Hawks coach Nate McMillan also explained why he chose to go with Young instead of going for a timeout. He said, “No way I was calling a timeout there. “We got the rebound down by one with the ball in Trae’s hands. That’s a great chance to get in transition.”
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In the post-match interview, Young also praised his bench player who had a significant impact on the game, especially in the fourth quarter. Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 18 points, Deandre Hunter had 17 and Delon Wright also put up 13 points off the bench. Trae Young said, “When you’ve got multiple guys who can dribble and make plays, for sure it makes it a lot easier for me. ”
I didn’t do it. I’ll make the next one: Butler
For Miami, Jimmy Butler had a great night as he almost scored a triple-double with 20 points, eights assist and 10 rebounds. But it was Butler who missed crucial shots that could seal the victory for the Heat. While addressing his missed chances in the post-match interview, he said, “The plan was to get free, shoot it and make it,” Butler said. “I didn’t do it. I’ll make the next one.”