Sport NBA Playoffs 2021: Atlanta Hawks rally from 26-point deficit to stun Philadelphia 76ers and take 3-2 lead

08:50  17 june  2021
08:50  17 june  2021 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Hawks guard Trae Young had 39 points to lead Atlanta in Wednesday's 109-106 win. 'There's no quit': Hawks win, rally from 26 down. In Game 5 of their series against the Philadelphia 76 ers on Wednesday night, Atlanta was staring at a 26 - point deficit as they tried to take advantage in the The 22-point halftime deficit the Hawks overcame was the third largest halftime comeback in NBA

With Philadelphia 's only two productive offensive players on the bench, Atlanta 's second unit led the first charge. Rookie big man Onyeka Okongwu, who played sparingly through much of the regular season and spot minutes in the postseason, wreaked havoc in six minutes, in which he Young took a trip to the stripe to ice the game with 8.4 seconds left in the third-largest halftime comeback in NBA playoff history -- a 109-106 win that gives Atlanta a 3 - 2 lead in the series and a chance to close it out in Atlanta on Friday night. Asked if he could contemplate how special the win was, Young demurred.

Never say never.

The Atlanta Hawks looked finished. Leading by 26 points during the third quarter, the Philadelphia 76ers appeared in cruise control.

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Perhaps sensing a 3-2 series lead was within their grasp, the Sixers offence went to sleep, setting the scene for a remarkable comeback. Atlanta outscored Philadelphia 40-19 in the fourth period, silencing the crowd to pick up the 109-106 victory.

According to ESPN Stats and Info , the blown 26-point lead is the third-largest blown lead in a playoff game over the last 25 seasons. Atlanta now lead 3-2 in the series, with Game 6 at home giving the Hawks a chance to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.

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The top-seeded Philadelphia 76 ers suddenly look quite vulnerable. And the goal now is to take back homecourt advantage. The fifth-seeded Atlanta Hawks evened the Eastern Conference semifinal series with a hard-fought 103-100 victory on Monday. The Sixers will host Game 5 on Wednesday. They can take solace in the fact that they won with Trae Young and Bogdan Bogdanovic scoring 47 points despite shooting 17 of 50 from the floor. Young also handed out 18 assists despite nursing a sore shoulder. "I got hit last game, and it's been kind of sore," Young said. "For me, it wasn't a bother.

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Trae bounces back

Declaring his intent to guard Trae Young after a Game 1 loss, Ben Simmons has held Young to 24.7 points per game on 39 percent from three and 29 percent from long range across games 2-4.

In Game 5, Young continued his 2021 postseason villain path, torching the Sixers for 39 points and seven assists, shooting 10-for-23 from the floor.

Young scored 13 of his 39 in the fourth quarter, including nine in the final three minutes where he also went 5-for-5 from the free-throw line.

Sweet Lou clutch down the stretch

Veteran guard Lou Williams joined Young in the backcourt down the stretch, playing the entire fourth quarter to pour in 13 points for the period.

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In fact, Williams checked into the game at the 4:56 mark of the third quarter with the Hawks trailing 75-54 and would never return to the bench.

Atlanta outscored Philadelphia 55-31 the rest of the way.

Embiid lands first blow

Coming off a 4-for-20 performance in Game 4, Embiid wasted no time in setting the tone in Game 5. The big man was utterly dominant in the first period, dropping 17 points on 8-for-8 from the field in 11 minutes.

Overall, the hot start from Embiid sparked the Sixers who ran out to a 38-24 advantage after the first frame.

In typical Embiid fashion, he had the crowd in a frenzy late in the period after picking up a technical foul for talking trash with Clint Capela.

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The 76 ers are one of the best home teams in the league, and they host two of the three remaining scheduled games in this series. That basic fact, along with the age-old notion that whichever team has the best player in the series generally wins, both favor Philadelphia . At halftime of Game 4, this series was teetering for the Hawks . They trailed by 13 points , having allowed the 76 ers to put up 62 points in the first half. But Atlanta played some of its best defense of the postseason in the final 24 minutes, holding Philadelphia to 38 points and changing the narrative of the series in the process.

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Capela awakens Embiid?

After the above-mentioned poor performance in Game 4 from Embiid, Capela played a dangerous game by going public with some thoughts about Embiid.

"Whenever you wear him out, everything becomes tougher for him," Capela told reporters. "When the fatigue comes in, it's a different ballgame."

Now, those comments could be interpreted as perfectly innocent and a legitimate fact, but, it could be also be seen as handing the Philadelphia star unnecessary motivation with the series tied at 2-2 heading back to Philadelphia.

After the dominant first quarter, it was more of the same without, as Embiid overpowered the Hawks defence to score at will.

The night wasn't completely without a scare for Sixers fans, with Embiid once again hitting the floor for hard falls on repeat. Late in the fourth quarter, Embiid crashed to the hardwood after a block attempt, grabbing his left knee while grimacing in pain. Limping up the floor, Embiid would stay on the floor.

Finishing with 37 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, two steals and four blocks, it was a dominant showing from Embiid despite finishing on a sour note.

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Embiid went scoreless in the final seven minutes of the fourth quarter, going o-for-3 from the field and missing both free-throws with 10.2 seconds left and the Sixers trailing by three points.

Despite the monster stat line, Embiid and the Sixers were booed off the floor from home fans.

Career night for Seth

The impressive postseason for Seth Curry has continued.

Averaging 16.5 points on 45 percent shooting from deep in the postseason, Curry exploded in Game 5 for a career postseason best 36 points on 13-for-19 shooting including seven makes from beyond the arc.

The point tally topped his previous playoff best of 30 which came in Game 5 of the first round against Washington as the Sixers advanced with a 4-1 series win.

Overall, Embiid and Curry combined for 73 of the Sixers' 106 points.

Simmons and Harris go quiet

Tobias Harris and Ben Simmons combined for 12 points on 4-for-15 shooting in Game 5.

The pair also went scoreless in the second half, with Embiid and Curry the only Sixers to make a field goal in the second half.

In addition to their scoring struggles, Simmons woes at the free-throw line continued. Just 18-for-53 (34 percent) from the line in the postseason heading into tonight, the Australian finished 4-for-14 from the stripe in Game 5.

What's next?

The pressure is suddenly all on the Sixers, with the No. 1 seed facing elimination on the road in Game 6. The series will take only one night off before the Hawks have their chance at continuing a fairytale run in the 2021 playoffs.

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