After stealing Game 1 on the road the Atlanta Hawks are looking to take full control of the momentum in their Eastern Conference semifinals series against the Philadelphia 76ers. While Joel Embiid was able to suit up and play in Game 1 despite the meniscus injury he is dealing with, it wasn’t enough for Philadelphia to get over the hump as Atlanta was able to close them out at the Wells Fargo Center to take a 1-0 lead in this series. We’ll find out soon enough whether or not things will be different in Game 2 as the opening tip is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
Just as he did against the New York Knicks in the first round, Trae Young led the way for Atlanta in Game 1, especially early on. Young lit the Sixers up for 25 points and seven assists in the first half alone, and finished the game with 35 points and 10 assists. In the process, Young became the first Hawks player ever to record 35 points and 10 assists in a playoff game. He also got some major help from John Collins and Bogdan Bogdanović, as that duo combined for 42 points and eight rebounds. On the other side, Embiid started for the Sixers, played a game-high 38 minutes and scored a game-high 39 points to go along with nine rebounds, four assists and three blocks but it wasn’t enough in the end.
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