Hawks clutch down the stretch, edge Sixers in Game 1

Atlanta Hawks' Trae Young reacts during Game 1 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers, Sunday, June 6, 2021, in Philadelphia. Young became the second player in NBA history to score 30 points in each of his first four career playoff road games. The latest came in Atlanta's surprising Game 1 victory in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

ATLANTA - John Collins had experienced this before, watching a Hawks lead dwindle down, down, down, a once-lopsided matchup going down to the wire.

Early in the season, closing games while entering the fourth quarter with a lead had been the team's Achilles' heel. That has changed significantly under interim coach Nate McMillan, who took over March 1, but the 76ers closing a 26-point deficit down to two in the final minute brought the feeling back.

Thanks to five points by Collins in the final minute, and a clutch 3-pointer and pair of foul shots by Bogdan Bogdanovic (21 points, five assists, four rebounds, three turnovers), the Hawks escaped Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals with a 128-124 win Sunday in Philadelphia.

They entered the fourth quarter with a 16-point lead and led by 17 with about five minutes to play.