Joel Embiid scored a playoff-career-high 40 factors and grabbed 13 rebounds Tuesday because the host Philadelphia 76ers evened their Japanese Convention semi-final sequence with a 118-102 victory over the Atlanta Hawks in Sport 2.
As soon as once more, Embiid was questionable to play shortly earlier than tipoff because of a small lateral meniscus tear in his proper knee.
As soon as once more he performed via the ache and placed on a dominant efficiency, turning into the primary Sixers participant since Allen Iverson in 2003 to attain 40 factors in a playoff sport.
Tobias Harris added 22 factors and Seth Curry had 21, together with 5 three-pointers, for the Sixers. Shake Milton scored 14 factors in 14 minutes off the bench.
Philadelphia’s reserves had been held scoreless within the first half however got here via with 26 factors within the second.
Trae Younger put up 21 factors and 11 assists for the Hawks. Danilo Gallinari had 21 factors and 9 rebounds, and Kevin Huerter added a playoff-career-high 20. Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 14 factors whereas Clint Capela had 10.
Hawks ahead De’Andre Hunter missed his second straight sport due to proper knee soreness.
Sport 3 within the best-of-seven sequence will likely be performed Friday in Atlanta.
The Sixers got here out robust and moved forward 23-6. The Hawks stayed affected person, chipped away and closed inside 37-35 halfway via the second quarter. Embiid quickly capped a 9-0 run with a brief jumper within the lane and the Sixers led by 11 with 4:52 remaining within the half.
Gallinari dropped in a three-pointer with 2.7 seconds left and the Hawks trailed solely 57-55 at half-time.
Harris scored 18 factors earlier than the break, and Embiid added 16 factors however had three fouls by half-time. Huerter and Gallinari every had 15 first-half factors for Atlanta.
When Embiid hit a trey from the wing with 7:12 to go within the third quarter, the Sixers led 73-63.
The Hawks mounted a rally and lower the deficit to 79-78 with 3:46 left within the third after a troublesome three-pointer by Bogdanovic. With simply over two minutes left, the Hawks took their first lead at 80-79 after a pair of Younger free throws.
Milton led a cost late within the third quarter, and sank a deep trey within the final second interval because the Sixers took a 91-84 benefit.
Milton and Dwight Howard keyed a fast 11-0 spurt to open the fourth and the lead shortly was prolonged to 18. Milton capped the run with a three-pointer that put the Sixers up 102-84 with 9:45 to go.
Atlanta’s John Collins grabbed an offensive rebound and scored with 8:25 left to get the Hawks inside 104-88. Collins completed with a team-high 10 rebounds.
The Hawks dedicated 18 turnovers that resulted in 28 Philadelphia factors. Atlanta managed simply seven factors off 9 Sixers giveaways, one sport after Philadelphia turned it over 19 instances.