The Hawks under -16 in the third quarter, then the star places the winning shot 4 seconds from the siren. A good Gallinari (11 points), the Heat also lose Lowry
Atlanta gets the series back on its feet against Miami: he wins game-3 111-110 thanks to a floater by Trae Young at 4.4 ” from the siren. A very intense game, with the Heat to defend with ardor on every possession and the Hawks to respond with the quality of the attack, the hunger and the desire not to give up. Many partials, for both teams, and an exciting final. To break the balance, Young’s prowess. A play that coach Nate McMillan put it this way: “I didn’t intend to call timeout in the last possession. We took the rebound, 11 seconds to go, and we were down by one, with the ball in the hands of Trae ”.
Atlanta could not lose this game and took the field with a different personality than the first two episodes of the series. She also managed to overcome the extraordinary all-out defensive pressure of the Heat, finding greater balance in attack. Young (24 points and 8 assists) scored the winning basket but was very limited by the opposing defense, scoring 10 of his 24 points from the line. The supporting cast came out with pride and quality, starting with Bogdan Bogdanovic (18 points) and Danilo Gallinari (11 points), crucial to open the field, passing through Onyeka Okongwu (9 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks) and DeAndre Hunter (17 points), who gave physicality and versatility on both sides of the field. Coming back from -16 gained in the final part of the 3rd quarter, played splendidly by the Heat, and recovering the mental energy to win it are great signs shown by the boys of coach McMillan. Just as Young’s decisive basket, a little in trouble in this series, has enormous significance. “Trae has a lot of confidence in himself, he remained aggressive despite the difficulties and when it came time to decide in the final, he did it. He is certainly not a player who holds back in these situations, ”said McMillan at the end of the match. Atlanta has reopened the series and found its champion.
Miami is not at 3-0 for a matter of details, of nuances. The performance was there, and how. Defensively the 3rd quarter (31-16) was spectacular for intensity and self-denial. Erik Spoelstra’s team defended openly, man against man across the board, with double the markings and a lot of physicality. One need only look at PJ Tucker’s work on Young to visually grasp this concept. The key to the game was probably Kyle Lowry’s exit from the field, stopped by a muscle problem in the 3rd period. The point guard of the Heat up to that moment had not shot very well (2/7 from the field) and his performance had also been conditioned by fouls, already 3 at the beginning of the 2nd quarter. Without him on the court, Miami has lost a very important reference and it is no coincidence that Atlanta has begun to go upstream precisely in conjunction with his exit from the field. In the post-race conference, Spoelstra confirmed that Lowry’s problem was muscular: “At the moment I know it’s an adductor problem but I don’t know the severity of the injury. We will know a little more tomorrow. The medical staff told me it was better not to let him come back and so I did “. Leading words are those of Jimmy Butler, already ready to empower his teammates: “I love the fact that Kyle is our point guard but if he can’t play, someone else will take his place and do it at his best”. For him almost a triple double with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists, supported very well by Max Strus (20 points, 7/13) and Tyler Herro (24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists), both aggressive and fundamental to make fluid and productive the attack of the Heat. Miami’s offensive executions worked. The last defensive stop was missing to go 3-0 and actually close the series. On the last pitch, which would have given the victory in Miami, Butler didn’t even want to stop: “I’ll score the next one”. And knowing his qualities and his determination, you have to take his word for it.
The Hawks enter the field more convinced and lucid in Game 3. It can be seen in the defensive commitment and in the ability to read the moments of the match. McMillan’s team found a double-digit lead in the 2nd quarter and closed 61-54 at half-time. Gallinari on pace with 11 points. Miami, however, is absolutely in the game. And in fact in the 3rd quarter his defense leveled up. Atlanta did not score for 5 minutes and the Heat produced 21 consecutive points, extending to +16 (84-68). The Hawks, however, close the period in crescendo with a partial 9-2 and present themselves in the last 12 ‘under 85-77. Lowry comes out with a muscle problem in his left leg and Bogdanovic has been hot for three. At 1’30 “from the end the score is 107-107. Sent to the line by the referees, Young scores 2/2. Tucker responds with a triple from the corner. Miami ahead 110-109. One shot error for each side and then Young (10 points in the 4th period) to score the floater of 111-110 at 4.4 ” from the siren. It is the basket that delivers game 3 to the Hawks.
Atlanta:Young 24 (6/14, 2/6 of three, 10/12 tl), Bogdanovic 18, Hunter 17. Rebounds: Bogdanovic 8. Assists: Young 8.
You love me:Herro 24 (10/22, 4/11 of three), Butler 20, Strus 20. Rebounds: Adebayo 11. Assist: Butler 8.
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