NBA Playoffs: Young hits game-winner against Miami as Suns survive without Booker

Atlanta, Georgia - Trae Young hit a dramatic game-winner with less than five seconds remaining in the Atlanta Hawks' 111-110 home win against the Miami Heat on Friday night.

Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (c.) scored a basket behind Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (l.) during the first half of game three of the first round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at State Farm Arena on Friday. (Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports)
Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (c.) scored a basket behind Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (l.) during the first half of game three of the first round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at State Farm Arena on Friday. (Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports)  © USA TODAY Sports

The win is the Hawks' first of the series, keeping things alive at 2-1 with Game 4 remaining in Atlanta, while Kyle Lowry may be missing for the Heat after leaving Friday's game with a hamstring complaint.

Momentum switched hands throughout the game, with Atlanta putting up 39 points in the second quarter to lead 61-54 at half-time, before the Heat came out on fire in the third, winning the frame 31-16 to take an eight-point lead into the last.

Bogdan Bogdanovic hit a trio of three-pointers in less than three minutes, while Onyeka Okongwu had seven points down the stretch and was the Hawks' primary defensive presence on the interior, more than holding his own against Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler.

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But after a P.J. Tucker three-ball put the Heat up 110-109 with 54 seconds to play, only one man was going to have the final say for the Hawks.

When Butler missed a jump shot with 12 seconds left, the Hawks opted not to call a time-out, letting Young make his way up the court quickly, weaving his way into the lane for one of his trusty floaters, getting the friendly home-rim roll.

The Suns win crucial home against the Pelicans as Bucks take series lead

Phoenix Suns forward Torrey Craig (l.) was defended by New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram in the second half of game three of the first round for the 2022 NBA Playoffs at the Smoothie King Center. The Suns won 114-111. (Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports)
Phoenix Suns forward Torrey Craig (l.) was defended by New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram in the second half of game three of the first round for the 2022 NBA Playoffs at the Smoothie King Center. The Suns won 114-111. (Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports)  © USA TODAY Sports

The duo of Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton led the top-seeded Phoenix Suns to a crucial Game 3 114-111 win against the New Orleans Pelicans to take a 2-1 lead in the series.

With Devin Booker absent for at least this game and the next, Paul had to take on a greater offensive burden than usual, but he did it in style, racking up 14 assists and scoring 28 points on 10-of-18 shooting.

He needed someone to get hot with him, and Ayton rose to the occasion, scoring 28 points on 13-of-20 shooting and grabbing 17 rebounds, with three steals and a block. The performance demonstrated the ability to be an offensive focal point that was envisioned when he was selected number one overall in the 2018 NBA Draft.

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The Milwaukee Bucks were shot out of a cannon and never allowed the Chicago Bulls a foothold into the game, winning 111-81 to take a 2-1 series lead.

With extended minutes due to Khris Middleton's knee injury, Grayson Allen set the tone to close the first quarter, scoring three consecutive three-pointers in just 62 seconds on his way to a game-high tally of 22 points.

With 1:15 left to play in the first half, the Bucks opened up their lead to 60-37 as they dominated both ends of the floor.

Giannis Antetokounmpo only needed to play 29 minutes before getting an early rest, scoring 18 points – seven-of-12 shooting – with seven rebounds and nine assists, and the Bucks were plus 36 during his time on the floor.

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