Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY
Published 10: 28 p.m. ET June 8, 2021 | Updated 12: 00 a.m. ET June 9, 2021
The Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia 76ers started Game 2 on Tuesday the strategy they ended Game 1 — with the Hawks flailing and the 76ers surging.
Then, a fraction of Game 2 mirrored the begin of Game 1 — with Atlanta thumping Philadelphia.
There were similarities and differences in the 2 games, however the main incompatibility turned into once the final consequence. The Sixers evened the Eastern Convention semifinal series with a 118-102 victory over Atlanta, pulling away late in the third quarter by method of the fourth.
Philadelphia’s All-Megastar heart Joel Embiid — playing with a small lateral meniscus run in his correct knee — dominated with a playoff-profession high 40 points and 13 rebounds. Tobias Harris added 22 points, six rebounds and 4 assists, Seth Curry had 21 points, and the Sixers received worthy-wished scoring from their bench and improved protection in the second half.
The Hawks’ reserves torched the 76ers by method of 2½ quarters, outscoring them 37-0. Then, Philadelphia’s Shake Milton entered the game with 2: 46 left in the third quarter upright earlier than Atlanta’s took its first lead of the game at 80-79.
Milton, who performed upright 38 seconds in Game 1, rapid followed with a 3-pointer, and the Sixers in no method trailed again. He made a 3 on the finish of the third and finished with 14 points in 14 minutes.
“He prepared himself, and he believed he would score one other shot and he bought it,” Sixers coach Doc Rivers talked about. “
George Hill and Dwight Howard made crucial baskets, and Matisse Thybulle’s protection helped retain the Hawks to upright 18 points in the fourth quarter.
Trae Younger led the Hawks with 21 points and 11 assists. Off the bench, Danilo Gallinari scored 21 points and Kevin Huerter had 20. Atlanta additionally had 17 turnovers, which Philadelphia turned into 28 points.
“At any time when we bought end we upright turned the ball over or gave up a basket,” Hawks coach Nate McMillan talked about. “We didn’t if truth be told finish a true job of controlling or establishing our protection all night long.”
Because the series strikes to Atlanta for Video games 3 and 4, the Hawks win made it positive they will originate games aggressive. The substantial examine: Can they win a sport, or two, at home and threaten to upset the top seed in the East?
“I think it turned into once true we came out right here and bought a sport,” Younger talked about. “Clearly, they’re a if truth be told true team on their ground. Getting on the least one sport turned into once something we wished to finish.”
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