Trae Young help Hawks claim victory over Celtics

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Trae Young’s three-pointer with 1.8 seconds left capped a 38-point performance as the Atlanta Hawks stayed alive by rallying to beat the Boston Celtics 119-117 on Tuesday night in Game Five of their playoff series.

Young scored the final 14 points for Atlanta, who were playing without the suspended Dejounte Murray after he made contact with an official at the end of the previous game.

Boston now has a 3-2 lead in the series. Game Six will be played on Thursday in Atlanta.

Young added 13 assists and a pair of steals. John Collins contributed 22 points and Bogdan Bogdanovic had 18 to support Young.

Boston’s Jaylen Brown (35 points) posted his second straight 30-plus-point game. Jayson Tatum had 19 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, and Derrick White added 18 points for the Celtics.

A 30-17 run over the last nine minutes of the first half and a rapid 7-0 run early in the fourth quarter seemingly put the Celtics in control, up 102-89 with nine minutes left.

However, Boston were unable to close out the game, even after a Brown three made it 109-96 with just over six minutes remaining.

The game featured 12 lead changes, including five in the final quarter alone, and 11 ties.

Young hit back-to-back three-pointers to cap a 12-0 Hawks run, tying the game at 111-111 with 2:42 left.

Grant Williams slammed in a dunk after a jump ball to put the Celtics back up with 115-114 with 25.1 seconds left.

Young and White then traded pairs of free throws to make the score 117-116 Boston with 7.3 seconds remaining before Young’s game-winning shot.

Tatum missed an attempted winning three-pointer at the buzzer.

 

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