Hawks vs. 76ers rating, takeaways: Joel Embiid dominates, leads Philadelphia to win over Atlanta in Recreation 2

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The Philadelphia 76ers and Atlanta Hawks battled backwards and forwards all through Tuesday night time’s matchup at Wells Fargo Heart because the 76ers opened up a number of giant leads which, for almost all of the night time, the Hawks managed to reply to with scorching taking pictures of their very own. Nevertheless, in the long run, the 76ers constructed a 20-point lead within the fourth quarter and the Hawks had run out of comebacks of their very own as Philadelphia picked up a 118-102 win in Recreation 2.

Joel Embiid led the best way for Philadelphia ending with a profession playoff-high 40 factors however he had loads of assist alongside the best way. Tobias Harris contributed 22 factors after dominating the primary quarter whereas Seth Curry caught fireplace from the surface and knocked down 5 of his six makes an attempt from past the arc for 21 factors of his personal. On the opposite aspect, Trae Younger and Danilo Gallinari led the cost offensively as every completed with a team-high 21 factors but it surely wasn’t sufficient to beat the 76ers’ assault.

With the win, the 76ers even the sequence at 1-1 because the scene is about to shift to Atlanta for Recreation 3 at State Farm Area on Friday night time.

Listed below are three key takeaways from the sport:

1. Embiid makes historical past

Joel Embiid tore his meniscus on a clumsy touchdown in Recreation 4 of the Sixers’ first-round matchup with the Washington Wizards, and missed the remainder of that sport and the series-clinching Recreation 5. Coming into the second spherical, his standing was fully up within the air, and even a number of hours earlier than Recreation 1 it was nonetheless unclear if he’d have the ability to play, or what he’d appear to be if he did.

The priority turned out to be short-lived. Not solely has Embiid been in a position to play, he is dominated. Not that any group does, actually, however the Hawks simply don’t have any reply for him. Clint Capela is a fairly good defensive middle, however he isn’t sturdy sufficient to deal with Embiid’s energy on the block, and the Hawks haven’t any different true bigs that they belief.

On Tuesday night time, Embiid was unstoppable. He was scoring from all around the court docket, flattening jumpers and rumbling inside, the place he additionally drew numerous fouls. Doc Rivers’ determination to go away him in late within the fourth quarter after the sport was already determined was slightly complicated, however Embiid completed with 40 factors and 13 rebounds on 13-of-25 from the sphere and 12-of-16 from the road.

Within the course of he set a brand new playoff career-high and have become the primary Sixers participant to attain 40 factors in a playoff sport since Allen Iverson. Not a nasty night time on the workplace.

2. The Shake Milton Recreation

As soon as the playoffs began, Shake Milton had largely fallen out of the rotation for the Sixers. He had performed simply 48 complete minutes within the first six video games, with lots of them coming in rubbish time. However late within the third quarter of Recreation 2, Doc Rivers determined to offer him an opportunity. It turned out to be a superb determination.

After Trae Younger hit a number of free throws to offer the Hawks their first lead of the sport, Milton responded with an enormous 3-pointer to place the Sixers again in entrance — for good, because it turned out. Then, with time winding down on the finish of the body, Milton pulled up 35 ft and launched a 3 to beat the buzzer. Nothing however internet.

Early within the fourth he added a number of extra jumpers as a part of an enormous Sixers run to push their lead above 20 factors and put the Hawks away. Milton completed with 14 factors and three rebounds in simply 14 minutes of motion, and the Sixers had been plus-15 whereas he was on the ground. You will at all times bear in mind the place you had been for “The Shake Milton Recreation.”

3. Sixers play a lot better protection on Younger

The Hawks had been in a position to steal Recreation 1 of this sequence largely as a result of Trae Younger did no matter he wished on the offensive finish. Danny Inexperienced drew the first task, however simply wasn’t in a position to do sufficient to hassle the shifty level guard, who completed with 35 factors and 10 assists.

After that sport, there was loads of dialog about why the Sixers hadn’t put Ben Simmons — a candidate for Defensive Participant of the 12 months — on Younger. 76ers coach Doc Rivers stated they had been anxious about Simmons moving into foul hassle, and whereas it is true that Younger does draw a ton of fouls, that appeared like an odd excuse.

In any case, the Sixers made the change in Recreation 2, and it labored wonders. Simmons even swatted one in every of Younger’s 3-point makes an attempt within the first quarter. All advised the size and dimension made life way more troublesome for Younger. Although he finally completed with 21 factors and 11 assists, he shot 6-of-16 from the sphere and did not have the identical sort of affect that he was having early within the Hawks’ playoff run.