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Trae Young’s Late Heroes Gather the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Atlanta Hawks in In-Game Horror

Despite losing starting center Clint Capela to a first-half injury in Friday’s game, the Atlanta Hawks regrouped after Trae Young’s season-saving second half to beat the Cavaliers 107-101 in Cleveland.

The Hawks move on to face the Miami Heat, the Eastern Conference’s top seed, in a first-round playoff series that begins Sunday in Miami.

Young, the Hawks’ All-Star general, brought his team 38 points, including 30 in the second half and 15 in the fourth.

Young fired 4/11 from 3-point range and made some defensive hits that gave the Hawks a late lead. He added nine assists.

The Hawks took the first lead late in the third quarter with 3 points from Young, who scored 16 points in the quarter, helping his team overcome a 14-point deficit.

The Cavaliers took a double-digit lead in the first quarter after a hot three-pointer from Lauri Markkanen, who scored 17 in the first half and sank 5/8 from three points before the break. Markkanen led the Cavaliers with 26 points, and Darius Garland added 21 points.

Cavaliers All-Star midfielder Jarrett Allen is back in the starting lineup after missing 19 games with a broken left finger. Allen hasn’t played since March 6 but finished with 11 points and three rebounds.

The Hawks lost Capela in the first half when Cavaliers midfielder Evan Mobley fell and hit Capela’s knee. Capela had to be helped in court with what the Hawks later called a stretched right knee. His readiness against the Heat is unclear.

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John Walker

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