Seth Curry hit six 3-pointers, scored 24 points and top seeded Philadelphia 76ers Defeated the Atlanta Hawks 104-99 in Game 6 on Friday night to avoid losing in the Eastern Conference semi-final series.
76ers overcame Trae Young’s 34-point effort to force Round 7 on Sunday night in Philadelphia.
Tobias Harris also scored 24 points and defended the lead with four free throws in the last 13 seconds. Joel Embiid added 22 points and 13 rebounds.
Just before the shot clock expired, Young’s Long Three cut Philadelphia’s lead to 94-93. Embiid replied in the basket. Embiid and Tyrese Maxey’s free throws, which scored 16 points from the bench, boosted their advantage to 98-93.
Danilo Gallinari’s 20-second jam cut the lead to 3 points.
After recovering from the 18-point and 26-point deficits in the last two victories, the Hawks finally made a strong start. Atlanta led 12 points in the first half and never dragged in the first half.
Atlanta led 51-47 in half-time. The 76ers opened the second half with a ferocious momentum of four three, including three by Curry, for a 12-0 run to open the second half, which gave Philadelphia a 59-51 lead. Following Embiid’s jumper, 76ers led 11 with 68-57.
Atlanta took the lead to 80-76, entering the final period.
With Atlanta leading 92-84 and 4:03 remaining, Embiid was asked for an aggressive foul when defended by John Collins. Embiid fell over Collins on the court, and Collins pushed the 76ers center before both stood up. Embiid stretched out his arms, wrapped Collins’ hands around his neck, and both left the court under the basket.
Officials considered the change and called each player a technical foul without rewarding the free throw.
After surpassing Philadelphia 40-19 in the fourth quarter of the 109-106 comeback victory in Game 5, the Hawks gained momentum during the opening period of Game 6.
When opening the game with the Collins jumper, Atlanta scored 10 of the first 12 points in the game. Kevin Huerter’s steal and free throw, which scored 17 points, increased his advantage to 12 points for the first time in 20-8.
Young’s long three-point extended his lead to 12 again at 25-13.
Maxi’s powerful play off the bench helped the 76ers recover. Maxy’s floater tied the game at 29 early in the second period.
After a time-out that gave Hawks coach Nate McMillan a chance to bring Collins and Young back into the game, Atlanta replied with a 10-0 run, including three baskets and Young’s steal.
Following his quick break layin during the run, Young celebrated with a smile and shimmy on his shoulders.
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