The Miami Heat and the host New Orleans Pelicans both will be looking for a bounce-back win when they meet Thursday night. The Heat took a 94-80 defeat to the visiting Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday, ending a six-game winning streak. The surge had allowed Miami to join a logjam of teams battling for spots in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
EditorsNote: rewords second graf; changes to “as many as 19” in seventh graf; changes Gordon’s injury in last graf Trae Young scored 32 points and made the two winning free throws with eight seconds remaining to complete a 19-point, second-half comeback and give the visiting Atlanta Hawks a 115-112 win over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday. The Magic had a chance to win it when Terrence Ross missed a runner with 1.3 seconds left, and Atlanta’s John Collins grabbed the rebound.
The Atlanta Hawks shocked the NBA world this week by firing their coach Lloyd Pierce, and they're looking for a replacement. According to The Athletic, the Hawks may be looking at the Clippers' assistant coach Kenny Atkinson. Atkinson is no stranger to the Hawks, as he was Mike Budenholzer's assistant from 2012-16 in Atlanta.