“I didn’t have any doubt if I shot it I was going to make it,” Young said post-game. “But I was really trying to make the right read. I was driving to the middle and waiting to see if somebody helps and I was going, to be honest, find a shooter if they helped. Or if they didn’t help, I was going to get to the basket. I was able to get to the basket and get my floater.”
So what does this win mean for the Hawks moving forward in this series? Can they pull off an upset and progress to the next round?
Atlanta will have to be encouraged by the production of their second unit. Bogdanovic had 18 points, Delon Wright added 13 and Onyeka Okongwu had nine points, and one especially crucial offensive rebound too as coach Nate McMillan ran a tight 8-man rotation.
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.
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.