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NBA: Hawks cruise past Celtics for sixth straight win

/ 06:11 PM January 29, 2022
 Trae Young #11 of the Atlanta Hawks drives against Jayson Tatum #0 and Grant Williams #12 of the Boston Celtics during the first half at State Farm Arena on November 17, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.

FLE––Trae Young #11 of the Atlanta Hawks drives against Jayson Tatum #0 and Grant Williams #12 of the Boston Celtics during the first half at State Farm Arena on November 17, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.  Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP

Trae Young and John Collins each scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the Atlanta Hawks beat the visiting Boston Celtics 108-92 on Friday to earn their sixth consecutive win.

Bogdan Bogdanovic added 19 points and was instrumental in an 18-2 fourth-quarter run that allowed the Hawks to turn a one-point lead into a 17-point advantage.

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Atlanta, which led by as many as 16 points in the third quarter, was up just 85-84 after a basket by Boston’s Jayson Tatum with 9:42 left. That’s when the Hawks pulled away, with Bogdanovic hitting two 3-pointers and contributing eight points during a surge that also featured five points from Young.

Two free throws by Collins with 2:56 left stretched the margin 103-86 and induced the Celtics to remove their starters.

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The six-game winning streak is the longest active streak in the Eastern Conference and the second-longest in the NBA. Atlanta held an opponent to fewer than 100 points for the ninth time this season and improved to 2-0 this season against the Celtics.

The Hawks pushed their home record to 13-11, and they have beaten Boston three straight times in Atlanta.

Collins blocked four shots, part of a season-high 11 for the Hawks. Young added six assists and two steals, and Danilo Gallinari scored 14 for Atlanta.

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Boston got 26 points and 12 rebounds from Jaylen Brown and 20 points and six rebounds from Tatum. However, the Celtics’ reserves were outscored 46-17 by Atlanta’s bench.

The Hawks closed the first quarter with a 17-4 run to establish a 32-20 lead. Atlanta shot 57.9 percent from the floor in the second period and carried a 62-47 lead into halftime.

The Celtics outscored the Hawks 30-18 in the third quarter, with a bucket by Josh Richardson slicing the deficit to 80-77 entering the four.

The Celtics complete a back-to-back on Saturday at New Orleans. Atlanta will host the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

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