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    John Collins shoots 9 for 13 in 34 minutes of play.
    PHOTO: AP

    ATLANTA — John Collins scored 20 points, Cam Reddish and Kevin Huerter had 19 apiece and the Atlanta Hawks won third straight game with a 110-99 victory over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night (Thursday, Manila time).

    The Celtics missed a chance to climb above .500 for the first time this season.

    Trae Young chipped in with 18 points and 11 assists as the Hawks used a balanced attack to overcome a 34-point performance by Jayson Tatum.

    The Hawks were up by double digits most of the second half.

    After Reddish knocked down a 3-pointer to push Atlanta to an 81-70 lead with 3-1/2 minutes left in the third quarter, the margin never dipped below 10 points until former Hawk Dennis Schröder knocked down a 3-pointer to cut it to 108-99 with 1:47 left.

    Young answered with a pull-up jumper in the lane and the Celtics were done.

    Huerter scored all of his points in the first half, going 5 of 6 from 3-point range. Reddish, Collins and Young took over in the second half.

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    Collins also had 11 rebounds, while Reddish came up with three steals.

    undefinedTrae Young shoots 4 for 12, missing all his six three-point attempts.

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    Boston's Grant Williams pulled off a three-point play with a nifty bit of footwork in the closing seconds of the first half.

    On a scramble along the baseline, Williams stopped dribbling when he stepped out of bounds, then stepped back in with both feet and regained possession after the ball went between his legs.

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    Huerter relaxed just a bit, pleading toward the official, which gave Williams an opening to dart to the basket. Huerter took a swipe and was called for the foul as the ball dropped through the hoop.

    Williams flexed his arms before knocking down the free throw. Even so, the Hawks led 58-49 at the break and the Celtics never got much closer the rest of the way.

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      Celtics: F Robert Williams did not play because of a left knee injury. He was hurt in Monday night's victory over Cleveland, sitting out the second half. The injury is not believed to be a long-term issue. ... F Jaylen Brown (right hamstring strain) missed his sixth straight game but has ramped up his on-court rehab and appears close to returning.

      Hawks: Hueeter (left hamstring) and G Bogdan Bogdanovic (right ankle) both played despite lingering ailments. ... Clint Capela had 12 rebounds and nine points.

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      Celtics: Return home to host the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night, the first of four straight home games.

      Hawks: Host the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday is the next-to-last outing of a five-game homestand.

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      John Collins shoots 9 for 13 in 34 minutes of play.
      PHOTO: AP
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