Young leads Hawks back into playoffs

Sports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 14 May 2021

Trae Young scored 33 points to propel the Atlanta Hawks to a 120-116 come-from-behind victory over the Washington Wizards and into the NBA playoffs.

John Collins, fed by Young, hit the go-ahead three-pointer with 24.8 seconds left to play as the Hawks erased a 13-point third-quarter deficit and secured the win.

"We were fighting all game," Young said after the Hawks withstood a 34-point, 15-assist performance from Wizards star Russell Westbrook.

"Shots weren't going our way, Russ was playing crazy out of his mind. We needed to keep fighting, keep believing - and that's what we did."

The Hawks are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2017. Although they have avoided the NBA's play-in tournament, just where they'll end up seeded in the Eastern Conference remains to be seen.

The New York Knicks were also assured of a playoff berth despite having day off, their spot confirmed when the Boston Celtics fell 102-94 to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Celtics will now have to go through the play-in tournament to secure a berth in the playoffs proper.

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