Trae Young said after Game 3 there was no doubt in his mind that his floater would go in. With 4.4 seconds left to play, Young made a floater that gave the Hawks a 111-110 lead. The Heat had a chance to win Game 3 but Jimmy Butler missed a shot that would have given the Heat victory.
The Heat still lead in the series as they are 2-1 up on the Hawks, who also play Game 4 in Atlanta. "I didn't have any doubt that if I shot it, I wasn't going to make it," Young said, per ESPN. The Heat went on a 21-0 run in the third quarter and it seemed they would win Game 3 and take a commanding 3-0 lead in the series.
"We were down big," said Onyeka Okongwu, who has filled in for injured center Clint Capela (knee) this series. "I'm looking up at the scoreboard, I'm like, 'We got to get this thing going.'
" The Hawks gave the ball to Young and he made sure not to let his team down. "When we got that miss, down one, basically it was like, 'Go,'" Hawks coach Nate McMillan said. "And [Young] knows what to do with that basketball and was able to make a play on that last possession."
Young stepped up for fhe Hawks
Young had 24 points and dished out eight assists as the Hawks won the final quarter by a nine-point margin to overturn the deficit and win Game 3. "I just wanted to come here and take care of the ball and at least give our team a shot on the offensive end," Young noted.
"I just got to keep doing it. It's only one game, so I got to do it again." While the Heat were going on a 21-point run, Hawks coach McMillan refused to call a timeout, instead letting his players figure it out on their own.
On the final Hawks' possession, McMillan didn't call a timeout but Young knew what to do. "There was no way I was calling a timeout," McMillan said. "It was really a perfect situation for us, getting back in transition and he saw a lane and he attacked.
He didn't settle. He attacked the basket and was able to finish that. So that play we're going to take, really, just about every time."