Trae Younger ran off the court docket clapping and yapping towards the few Hawks followers that braved the Philly crowd and caught round and had been rewarded with a comeback victory for the ages.
“I used to be simply exhibiting like to the ATL followers that confirmed up,” Younger stated, “and we’re going to want them to indicate up Friday for us.”
Oh sure, there will probably be a Sport 6 within the Japanese Convention semifinals, with the upstart Hawks — not top-seeded Joel Embiid and the Sixers — taking part in for a spot within the subsequent spherical.
“In the event you don’t imagine, you bought to imagine now,” Hawks coach Nate McMillan stated.
How might they not? Atlanta followers can roll off a prolonged record of notorious collapses in its collective sports activities historical past.
Right here was a comeback to recollect.
Younger was fouled on a 3-pointer and hit all three free throws with 1:26 left to cap a 26-point rally and ship Atlanta on its option to a 109-106 victory Wednesday evening in Sport 5.
The Hawks received in Philadelphia for the second time within the collection and may advance to the convention closing for the primary time since 2015 with a victory Friday evening in Atlanta.
“We knew what we needed to do and we needed to do it in a rush. No give up,” McMillian stated.
Younger scored 39 factors and added to a postseason the place he has develop into a breakout star.
“We hold combating it doesn’t matter what the rating is. I’m happy with this staff,” Younger stated. “We have now confidence in one another.”
Embiid scored 17 factors in an 8-for-8 first quarter and seemingly had the Sixers on their approach towards a romp with a 26-point lead within the first half. They nonetheless led 87-69 on the finish of the third earlier than they collapsed.
Take into account:
— Embiid scored 39 factors and Seth Curry had 36 and so they had been the solely two Sixers to attain a subject aim within the second half.
— The Hawks outscored them 40-19 within the fourth on 16 of twenty-two taking pictures.
— The Sixers nonetheless had a 97.5% probability of profitable Sport 5 with 4:23 remaining.
— Had 10 of 15 turnovers within the second half.
“We bought too comfy,” guard Ben Simmons stated. “We didn’t play the best way we needs to be taking part in.”
Lou Williams, Danilo Gallinari and Younger opened the fourth on an enormous run in opposition to the Sixers’ second unit and saved attacking as soon as 76ers coach Doc Rivers was compelled to place the starters in and save the lead.
Gallinari hit a 3 that made it 87-76 and Embiid sprang from his calm down seat behind the basket and ran to the scorer’s desk to examine again within the sport. He immediately scored and pushed the lead again to 13.
The massive photographs saved coming for the Hawks — Williams buried a 3 that made it an 11-point sport — and Younger saved hitting his floaters and his fouls photographs.
Williams and Younger every scored 13 factors within the fourth.
“It’ll be a kind of issues the place I’ll look again when he’s a Corridor of Famer, he’s a longtime famous person on this league and I can say I used to be a part of that course of and I labored with this gentleman,” Williams stated.
Simmons, together with Embiid the cornerstone for the Sixers, missed free throw after free throw a lot as he has for many of the postseason that sped up Atlanta’s comeback.
Younger’s floater introduced them inside two after which he leaned right into a 3-pointer and was fouled by Matisse Thybulle. Younger, taunted all collection by Sixers followers, calmly stepped to the road and buried all three photographs. And so it was, 105-104 Hawks.
The Hawks led by 26 factors in a Sport 1 victory and received Sport 4 at house Monday.
Gallinari scored 16 factors, Williams had 15 factors and John Collins had 19 factors and 11 rebounds.
“We discovered a sizzling hand in Lou and located a rotation that works and stayed with it,” McMillan stated. “They confirmed their true character.”
Simmons was 4 for 14 from the free throw line and even Embiid missed two large ones down the stretch. Simmons missed two with the Sixers up 104-96 and the Hawks got here proper down and scored. He’s 22 for 66 from the road within the playoffs (33%).
“When Ben makes them, we get to depart him in,” Rivers stated. “When he doesn’t, we will’t. That’s simply the best way it’s.”
Simmons stated his free throw woes are “psychological.”
Embiid is principally taking part in on one good leg as he performs via torn cartilage in his proper knee. The damage bought the perfect of him in Sport 4. He couldn’t get any carry in his photographs — notable in a blown layup late that ought to have received the sport — and his 0-fer within the second half left Philly questioning how onerous he might go in Sport 5.
He went onerous — but it surely wasn’t sufficient. And the Sixers might want to pressure Sport 7 in the event that they need to play at house once more.
“We’ll be again right here for sport 7,” Rivers stated. “I imagine that.”
Hawks: Made 22 of 28 free throws.
76ers: Julius Erving sat courtside and Allen Iverson rang the ceremonial bell. … Danny Inexperienced (calf pressure) wore a sleeve on his proper leg and can stay sidelined for the remainder of the collection.
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