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Young beat Griffin to win buzzer-beater in OT, Hawks lead Raptors


ATlanTA (AP) – Trae Young hit a long pass to beat AJ Griffin in an extended situation when the stoppage-time whistle blew and the Atlanta Hawks, after rallying late by regulation, beat the Toronto Raptors to zero. rider with a score of 124-122 on Saturday night.

Young has 33 points and 12 assists, De’Andre Hunter adds 22 and Clint Capela has 18 points and 14 rebounds for the Hawks.

While Young was making the pass inside with 3.8 seconds left and the tie was 122 in all, Griffin was aware to run behind the defense and score near the basket. It’s pure basketball instinct.

Young caught a pass, made a dribble and made a pass from halfway across. Griffin jumps up, pulls the ball and takes a shot before hitting the ground.

“I was in the right place at the right time,” Griffin said. “I have a feeling they will put pressure on. I saw it and broke soon. I said, ‘I’ll sneak behind them.’ That is exactly what happened.”

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Young made a pair of free throws in a time of 59 seconds to follow the rule, giving the Hawks the lead since mid-third.

The Raptors took a 108-101 lead with 2:36 to advance in the fourth half. The Hawks ran 10 times in a 90-second span to take a 111-109 lead after Young’s two free throws with 59 seconds left.

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Toronto had a great chance to win it at the end of allotted time, but Scottie Barnes missed a position change and an attempt to parry the whistle.

Griffin scored eight of his 17 points in extra time, his second-place finish hit 118-115. His first runner in Atlanta’s first time in extra time gave the Hawks a 115-113 lead, and they were never behind again. The teams switched baskets in extra time before Young took the lead with 28.2 seconds remaining, making it 120-117.

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Hunter missed two free throws at the 7-second mark that should have frozen for Atlanta. This was followed by OG Anunoby making a pair of free throws to seal Griffin’s game victory.

“We just played, kept fighting,” Young said. “It was a long game. They continued to run. We keep running, we keep running. It’s a long game, so you can’t stop anytime. We knew we had a chance to get back in the game. We just keep playing.

Barnes had a top 28 of the season and Anunoby added 27 for the Raptors, who are looking for a third straight win despite a number of injuries.

Toronto only wore nine players. Key members of the team — Pascal Siakam, Precious Achiuwa, Gary Trent Jr. and Fred VanVleet — have missed a total of 18 games since November 6.

“It was a little tough, but nothing we couldn’t stand it,” said Raptors forward Thaddeus Young after scoring 19 points with nine rebounds. “We are short on men but still have a chance to win. We just need to make sure we do it over the long term.”

The Raptors received 15 points from VanVleet and a top 17 of the season from reserve guard Malachi Flynn before he fouled.

Toronto went on to run 22-8 to increase the score 42-33 to finish thanks to VanVleet’s three-point play early in the second half. The Raptors called a timeout after a Collins pitch shortened the lead to 51-49, but Toronto took the lead 62-55 after halftime when Barnes’ strike beat the sound. Horn.

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Atlanta is 50-51 all-time against the Raptors, 27-24 at home.

TIP-INS

Raptors: Barnes limped off the floor with 4:21 remaining in allotment with a left leg injury after getting entangled underneath the basket but soon returned. Looks like he stepped on Young’s foot before falling to the ground. … Coach Nick Nurse hopes the next three days off will give the team a chance to recover. Siakam (right adductor strain), Achiuwa (right ankle sprain), Dalano Blanton (left ankle sprain), Chris Boucher (sick), Trent (sick) and Otto Porter Jr. (dislocated toe) did not join the trip.

Hawks: As of March 3, 2022, Atlanta has scored at least 100 points in 37 consecutive games, the third-longest scoring record in franchise history and the longest such scoring record in the NBA . … Hunter got 0 to 7 on the field in the first half. … Bogdan Bogdanovic (right knee) missed the 17th game in a row.

NEXT

Raptors: Brooklyn hosts on Wednesday.

Hawks: In Cleveland on Monday.

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