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Trae Young-led Hawks whip Heat in play-in game


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Trae Young-led Hawks whip Heat in play-in game

FULL CONTROL Hawks guard Trae Young tries to make his way past Heat forward Caleb Martin.

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Trae Young and the Hawks march to the playoffs after disposing of the Heat, who will try to stay alive in another play-in match

Trae Young scored 25 points and Clint Capela grabbed a game-high 21 rebounds to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 116-105 win over the host Miami Heat in a play-in game on Tuesday night, April 11 (Wednesday, April 12, Manila time).

Atlanta, which entered the play-in as the eighth seed, advanced to the playoffs in the No. 7 position, where they will meet the second-seeded Boston Celtics.

Miami, which started Tuesday in the seventh spot, will get one more chance to make the playoffs. 

The Heat on Friday will play host to the winner of Wednesday’s game between the Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors. Either Miami, Chicago, or Toronto will face the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the playoffs.

Young finished with 8 rebounds and 7 assists. The Hawks had big edges in rebounds (63-39) and paint points (64-46).

Reserve Kyle Lowry led Miami with a game-high 33 points. Tyler Herro had 26 points and Jimmy Butler added 21 points and a game-high 9 assists. However, Butler was just 6-for-19 from the floor, with many of his misses influenced by Capela.

Atlanta dominated the first quarter, shooting 56% from the floor while holding Miami to 37.5% marksmanship. The Hawks ended the quarter on top, 36-27, as Young had 5 points and 5 assists.

The Hawks led by as many as 24 points in the second quarter and took a 65-50 advantage into halftime. Miami had an 11-0 run late in the second quarter, a stretch that was interrupted by two Young free throws with 0.9 seconds remaining. Young used a hesitation move to draw a foul on Max Strus.

For the first half, Atlanta had a 34-22 rebound edge and an 8-4 edge on three-pointers made. That helped to negate Lowry’s 19-point first half.

Miami surged in the third quarter, cutting its deficit to 73-68 on a Butler layup with 6:15 remaining. But Atlanta responded, taking a 91-78 lead into the fourth.

The Heat charged back in the fourth, cutting their deficit to 97-91 on a Lowry three-pointer with 7:42 left. But the Heat couldn’t get any closer. –

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