The Atlanta Hawks found themselves on the brink Friday. Unsurprisingly, Trae Young was the one who lifted them back up.
The star point guard delivered the game-winning basket and plenty of other clutch shots in a 111-110 win over the Miami Heat in Game 3 of their first-round series, avoiding a 3-0 hole against the Eastern Conference's top seed.
The game-winner came with 4.4 seconds left. A missed dagger from Jimmy Butler led to Young getting the ball in transition and hitting a signature floater over Butler's outstretched arms.
The shot left the Heat enough time for an attempt at their own game-winner, but the team only managed an off-balance 3-point attempt from Butler that clanged harmlessly from the basket for a Hawks win at home.
Young finished the game with a game-high 24 points on 6-of-14 shooting with eight assists and four rebounds. He came up big after the Hawks yielded a 21-0 run to the Heat midway through the fourth quarter, helping the team claw back from a 16-point deficit with shots like this:
Now, instead of entering Game 4 on the verge of a sweep, the Hawks can even the series with a win against the heavily favored Heat. That may not be the Heat's biggest problem at the moment, though.
Heat holding their breath with Kyle Lowry
Heat point guard Kyle Lowry left the game in the third quarter with what turned out to be a hamstring issue, which probably didn't hurt Atlanta's attempt at comeback. Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra told reporters after the game the team will know more about the severity of Lowry's injury on Saturday.
Lowry seemed optimistic about his chances, to say the least.
Caught up with a limping Kyle Lowry on his way out of the arena. He said his left hamstring issue has him, "pissed the f--- off," and he plans round-the-clock treatment heading into Sunday's Game 4. When I asked if he could miss time he said, "No, I'm Wolverine," with a grin.
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) April 23, 2022
Any significant time missed for Lowry would be a significant loss for the Heat. The longtime Toronto Raptors point guard led all Heat starters in minutes played this season, his first in Miami, and averaged 13.4 points, 7.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game in the regular season.