Rookie sensation Trae Young had 33 points and 12 assists, John Collins had 25 points and the Atlanta Hawks defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 130-122 Wednesday night. Atlanta defeated Philly for the third time this season.

With three games remaining in the regular season, the Hawks are jelling and coming together as Young emerges as the definite alpha dog in the locker room and on the court. Since the All-Star Break, the Hawks are 10-11 in their last 21 games.

“For some reason, we play well against playoff teams,” Collins said. “We get up to play.”

Young had his 17th game, tied for third-most in the NBA, with at least 20 points and 10 assists. Russell Westbrook has 24 and James Harden 23.

“For us, only a couple more games left in the season, we want to finish out strong and finish on the right note,” Young explained. “Beating a team that’s in the playoffs is very good for us.”

Vince Carter was given the day off after playing 28 minutes at San Antonio Tuesday night. The elder statesman was an analyst on Atlanta’s TV broadcast. Before the game, Carter said he’s leaning toward coming back next season for what would be his 22nd in the NBA and wants to return for a second season with Atlanta. He has averaged 7.5 points in his first season with the Hawks and stated he’s “1,000 percent certain” he will become a broadcaster after retiring.

The Atlanta Hawks will travel to Orlando Friday night and Milwaukee Sunday before finishing their season against the Indiana Pacers Wednesday, April 10.

Trae Young's (right) play has the Hawks captivating fans at State Farm Arena. Photo by: D'Jehiah Smith/The Atlanta Voice

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