Tue. Jun 6th, 2023

The Atlanta Hawks mounted the third-largest comeback in franchise playoff history to pull a game back in their series against Miami.

A suspicious package found outside of State Farm Arena on Friday night caused the NBA to delay the tip-off of Game 3 by almost an hour. The delay didn’t seem to affect Trae Young’s late-game wherewithal as the Hawks claimed Game 3 with a 111-110 win. The Heat outscored the Hawks 31-16 in the third quarter and had a 21-0 run. The Hawks trailed by as many as 16 points at one stage of the game before they mounted their comeback in the final period led by Young and Bogdan Bogdanovic, who had nine of his 18 points in the last quarter.

The Hawks have been super consistent at home since mid-January, winning 21 of 24 games. Young, who struggled mightily with the Heat’s pressure defense in Game 1, found his form again in Game 2. The All-Star guard finished with 25 points while shooting 50.0 percent from the field. A comeback performance for Young as he scored just eight points in Game 1. On Friday, he overcame a slow start (just 2-of-7 from the field in the first half) to finish with 24 points, eight assists and four rebounds.