The Atlanta Hawks take the season series against the Philadelphia 76ers 3-1 after a 130-122 win at State Farm Arena Wednesday night.
Again it was rookie Trae Young who put on a show, recording 33 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds, while John Collins added 25 points to hand the 76ers their second loss in a row and their second loss to the Hawks in as many weeks.
The last time these teams met, Trae Young hit a game-winner over Jimmy Butler at the buzzer, but today his late-game heroics weren't needed as the Hawks led for the entire fourth quarter.
It was a different story through the first three quarters as there were 27 lead changes and 13 ties with the two teams going back and forth at a frantic pace.
Butler returned from a one-game absence, giving the 76ers a much-needed boost on the defensive end, but it counted for little early on as the Hawks raced out of the gates, scoring 42 points on 65% shooting in the first quarter.
JJ Redick led the way early for Philly, scoring 12 first-quarter points and recording a piece of history with his 227th triple of the season, the most threes ever made in a single season by a 76er.
👌🏼💦 JJ REDICK 👌🏼💦- * - Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) April 3, 2019
JJ hits his 227th three of the season, the most threes ever made in a single season by a 76er! pic.twitter.com/C1JN6VA1pC
Redick finished the game with 30 points, while Tobias Harris added 21. Ben Simmons recorded a near triple-double with 15 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists, while Jonah Bolden added 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Simmons managed just five points in the first half on 1-of-8 shooting from the field as the Sixers entered half-time trailing 72-68.
The Hawks edged ahead in the third quarter, thanks to some superb playmaking from Young, who recorded six assists in the period to go with eight points, combining with Collins in the pick-and-roll to great effect.
"it's only human natural." - @BBBaumgartner pic.twitter.com/bokkV6xHH0- Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) April 4, 2019
While the 76ers had their chances in the fourth quarter, they left a ton of points at the charity stripe, connecting on just 22-for-38 free throws.
Joel Embiid (knee) missed his third straight game, with the big man set to be re-evaluated tomorrow the 76ers await a visit from the No. 1 seed Milwaukee Bucks at home.
While Collins and Young ran the show for the Hawks, they had four other players score in double figures with DeAndre Bembry adding 17 points, Kevin Huerter 15, Taurean Prince 13 and Alex Len 11 as the Hawks won their fifth game from their past seven.