Miami Heat's Jimmy Butler makes promise after missing potential game-winner

Butler's fadeaway three didn't go in as the Atlanta Hawks won Game 3.

by Dzevad Mesic
Miami Heat's Jimmy Butler makes promise after missing potential game-winner

Jimmy Butler missed a shot that would have given the Miami Heat a Game 3 victory and after the game promised he would make the next game-winner he attempts. On Friday night in Atlanta, the Hawks escaped with a 111-110 win over the Heat.

Butler missed a fadeaway three at the buzzer as the Hawks won to reduce the deficit to 2-1. "Missed the shot, as simple as that,"Butler said, per ESPN. "I'll make the next one." The Hawks were down by one before Trae Young made a floater with 4.4 second left to give the Hawks a 111-110 lead.

"I didn't have any doubt that if I shot it, I wasn't going to make it," Young said.

Butler missed, Young stepped up for the Hawks

The Hawks refused to call a timeout on their final possession but Young knew what he had to do.

"When we got that miss, down one, basically it was like, 'Go,'" Hawks coach Nate McMillan said. "And [Young] knows what to do with that basketball and was able to make a play on that last possession." Heat coach Erik Spoelstra thought his players did a good job on Young but he simply made a tough shot.

"Young got a little bit of an angle and he was able to make a tough runner," Spoelstra said. "He makes that look easy, but that's not the easiest shot going full speed, and with the touch. It felt like it hit every part of the rim." Young finished the game with 24 points and also dished out eight assists.

"I just wanted to come here and take care of the ball and at least give our team a shot on the offensive end," Young said. "I just got to keep doing it. It's only one game, so I got to do it again."

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