For this second Conference semi-final match, the Sixers had to react after a first match unworthy of their status and a defeat (124-128), despite a more successful second half. From the first quarter, the men of Doc Rivers set the record straight by winning over the Hawks with a Joel Embiid again dominant.
Joel Embiid and Fashion MVP
If Nikola Jokic was elected MVP of the regular season, Joel Embiid continues to be the expected captain of his team. The Cameroonian pivot was one of the rare satisfactions of Game 1 against Atlanta. Barely recovering from injury, the “Process” dominated the racquet by compiling 39 points and 9 rebounds. This Tuesday, Embiid put the cover back, this time leaving with the victory. In 34 minutes, the Philadelphia interior had 40 points and 13 rebounds. Despite four stray shots (12/16) on the line, the pivot once again responded, bringing with him the other scorers from Philly.
As in the first game, Seth Curry (20 points at 62% success) and Tobias Harris (21 points) were applied to shooting. In total, Philadelphia finished the game 45% three points. Note the good comeback of Shake Milton, author of 14 points in as many minutes.
Atlanta caught in the noose of Philadelphia
Trae Young’s stats are a symbol of the Hawks’ bankruptcy. Highly visible during the opening of the series (35 points and 10 assists), the leader only made 6 baskets in 16 attempts (21 points). His clumsiness at three points (1/7) weighed down his meeting, while Danilo Gallinari and Kevin Huerter, 21 and 20 points each, allowed Atlanta to believe it at the end of the first half, where the score did not was that of 57-55.
Much more focused on defense, the Sixers intercepted 10 balls, causing the Hawks to lose a total of 17 balls. If Atlanta won the rebound battle, Young’s performance and lost balls will have led the Hawks to their first loss in the series.