All Tied Up: 76ers bounce back with a dominant 118-102 victory against the Hawks
It surely was a bad night to be a Hawk, with the Philadelphia 76ers dominating all night en route to a 116-97 win tying the series up at one apiece. The Sixers were led once again by Joel Embiid, who brought in another playoff career-high with 40 points. After shooting lights out from the perimeter on Sunday, the Hawks starters could not get anything going, shooting 18% from deep. Trae Young himself was 1-7 from three point range.
The Hawks’ brutal night shooting was caused by the phenomenal defense by Matisse Thybulle and Ben Simmons. After having Danny Green on Trae for the first half of game one, Ben Simmons guarded him to start the night. After concern over who was refereeing tonight’s game, the whistles were kind to Thybulle and Simmons, who only had five total fouls.
Young could not get anything going tonight when being hounded by the Sixers’ defense, shooting just 1/7 from deep and finishing 6-16 with 21 points. Kevin Huerter and Danilo Gallinari led the Hawks’ efforts with a combined 41 points off the bench. One of the significant issues the 76ers needed to clean up was their bench scoring, and like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Shake Milton delivered.
Against Washington, he was nowhere to be found, but the second Milton checked in tonight, he was unconscious. In 14 minutes tonight, Shake had 14 points hitting everything from three. For the rest of the 76ers, Seth Curry was shooting lights out, recording 21 points with five three-pointers. Tobias Harris could not be stopped to start this game with 16 points in the first quarter, breaking the game open early for Philadelphia.
Wells Fargo brought the energy once again and made their presence felt against the Hawks. Late in the game, they got their reward when Nathan Knight missed two free throws to get the fans their free Frosty.
The NBA on TNT broadcast continuously screwed things up throughout the game. It started with “Let’s Go Process” chants and a complete lack of understanding for the Frosty Freeze Out. Then, they continued to bury themselves in a hole calling a Wendy’s Frosty a “Frosty Smoothie.”
After tonight the 76ers will get two days off before heading to Atlanta for Game Three on Friday night. If the Sixers continue to play at this caliber, and they will hopefully, they will have a shot to close this series out when they return home for Game Five on Wednesday.
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