Sweet Revenge: 76ers blow out Hawks, 122-94
The sweet taste of revenge. Facing the Atlanta Hawks for the first time since game seven last season, the 76ers blew them out, 122-94. This game was not close from the start, with the Sixers controlling the game on both sides of the basketball. Trae Young was shut down the entire night, shooting just 31% from the field while the 76ers as a team were over 50%.
Like others, Atlanta’s star point guard has struggled heavily following the popular rule change to no longer call fouls on non-basketball motions. Young is shooting just 37.5% on 32 attempts over his last two games.
Joel Embiid had another slow game as well but looks to be getting back into the swing of things as he recovers from his knee injury. Everyone had a great game tonight for the 76ers 1-14, but the biggest struggle was the benches’ perimeter shooting.
The 76ers’ backups shot 4/20 tonight with Georges Niang and Shake Milton both 1/6. Niang and company have been tremendous so far, and with how great of a night the team had, it can be brushed off.
For the rest of the 76ers, Tobias Harris led the team with 22 points and 11 rebounds while Seth Curry was on fire once again from three. Matisse Thybulle had one of his best offensive games this season with 11 points and had an impressive four steals.
Philadelphia now moves to 4-2 on the season, and the Hawks are now 3-3 after losing their second straight game. The 76ers get the night off tomorrow but are back in Wells Fargo Monday, hosting Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers.
Mandatory Credit: USA Today