Trae Younger had 35 factors and 10 assists and the fifth-seeded Atlanta Hawks upset the top-seeded and host Philadelphia 76ers 128-124 within the opening recreation of the Jap Convention semifinals on Sunday night.
John Collins and Bogdan Bogdanovic added 21 every and Kevin Huerter had 15 for the Hawks, who’re competing on this playoff spherical for the primary time in 5 years. Clint Capela additionally had 11 factors and 10 rebounds.
Sport 2 might be Tuesday night time at Philadelphia.
In placing up his 35 factors, Younger turned solely the second participant in NBA historical past to attain 30+ factors in every of the primary 4 street video games of their playoff profession after the good Corridor of Fame middle Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (then named Lew Alcindor).
Joel Embiid had been questionable to play with a small lateral meniscus tear in his proper knee, however he completed with 39 factors, 9 rebounds and three blocked pictures in 38 minutes.
Seth Curry added 21 factors, Tobias Harris had 20 factors and 10 rebounds and Ben Simmons chipped in with 17 factors and 10 assists for the Sixers. Atlanta made 20 of 47 pictures from past the 3-point arc.
The Hawks performed with out De’Andre Hunter, who sat out with proper knee soreness, with veteran wing Solomon Hill beginning in his place.
Atlanta jumped out to a 42-27 lead on the finish of the primary quarter. They opened the second on a torrid tempo as properly and prolonged the benefit to 53-27 after a three-pointer by Bogdanovic capped a 17-0 run.
Atlanta led 74-54 at halftime thanks largely to Younger’s 25 factors. Embiid paced the Sixers with 17. However they seemed sloppy and disjointed on offense all through and dedicated 12 turnovers within the first half.
The Sixers got here out aggressive within the third and when Danny Inexperienced secured an offensive rebound and scored, they pulled inside 79-64 with 8:44 left. However the Hawks responded with a 10-0 spurt to return forward by 25.
After the Sixers minimize the deficit to 14, Collins got here again with a three-point play because the Hawks moved forward 105-88 with 9:07 remaining.
Philadelphia managed to shut inside 118-111 with 1:41 to go after Curry dropped in a 3-pointer from the nook.
Embiid scored on the subsequent two possessions and the deficit was out of the blue three. Bogdanovic then hit a trey and the Hawks moved again forward by six.
The Sixers bought inside two within the waning seconds after a steal and dunk by Simmons earlier than Bogdanovic made two free throws with 8.9 seconds left to seal it.