Dejounte Clutch Shot Lifts Hawks Over Magic in Thrilling Finish

In a nail-biting showdown, Dejounte Murray emerged as the hero for the Atlanta Hawks, sinking a 17-foot jumper at the buzzer to secure a thrilling 106-104 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night. The game had been closely contested from start to finish, culminating in a dramatic final shot that left the crowd in awe.

Murray’s Heroics in Crunch Time

The game-deciding moment unfolded with 8.4 seconds left on the clock, as Paolo Banchero’s 3-pointer tied the score at 104. With differing opinions on whether to call a timeout, Hawks coach Quin Snyder opted to let his team quickly advance the ball. Murray, with a 26-point performance, took matters into his own hands, dribbling down the left wing, pulling up, and sinking the jumper as time expired.

“I always feel like I’m going to make my next shot,” Murray confidently stated after the game. His poise and determination shone through as he embraced the pressure of the final moments.

The Timeout Debate

The decision not to call a timeout stirred some debate, with Coach Snyder explaining the rationale. “If you call timeout, the defense can get set and substitute,” he said. Despite attempting to call a timeout, Trae Young revealed that the officials didn’t hear the request. The Hawks opted for a spread-out strategy, allowing Murray the opportunity to shine.

Crunch Time Drama

Murray’s game-winner capped off a series of intense moments, including a wild sequence where the Hawks secured five offensive rebounds, showcasing their determination and hustle. Murray’s 7-footer in the lane during this stretch gave Atlanta a crucial 100-97 lead with 1:41 remaining.

“We were a bunch of guys who wanted the ball and wanted to win the game,” Murray emphasized, reflecting on the team’s tenacity during the decisive moments.

Contributions Across the Roster

While Young faced challenges on a tough shooting night, scoring 18 points, other Hawks stepped up. Onyeka Okongwu contributed 15 points, and Bogdan Bogdanovic and Clint Capela added 12 each. The team shot an impressive 51.3% from the field, overcoming a night with a season-high 23 turnovers.

Tight Contest with Numerous Lead Changes

The closely contested game saw neither team leading by more than seven points. With 19 lead changes and 20 ties, the intensity remained high throughout.

Looking Ahead

The Magic will host the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night, while the Hawks will face the Miami Heat on the road in their next matchup.

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