The Philadelphia 76ers find themselves trailing the Atlanta Hawks, 1-0, in Game 1 of 76ers vs Hawks in the Eastern Conference semifinal series.
The fifth-seeded Hawks held on in the endgame and stunned the top-seeded 76ers with a 128-124 loss on Sunday, June 6, at the Wells Fargo Center.
Atlanta upset Philly for 1-0 lead
Trae Young led the Atlanta Hawks in Game 1 of the 76ers vs Hawks semifinals with 35 points and 10 assists. Both John Collins and Bogdan Bogdanovic added 21 points each. Kevin Huerter had 15 points, and Clint Capela posted 11 points and 10 rebounds.
For the Sixers, they made a run late in the fourth quarter, but it was already too late. The Hawks stole Game 1. Despite his recent injury, Joel Embiid finished with 39 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 blocked shots in 38 minutes. Seth Curry had 21 points, while Tobias Harris had 20 points and 10 rebounds. Ben Simmons added 17 points and 10 assists.
The Hawks had led 74-54 at halftime due to Young’s 25 points. Embiid tried to keep pace with 17 points, but the 76ers looked sloppy and committed 12 turnovers in the first half of Game 1 of 76ers vs Hawks. They came out more aggressive in the third quarter and pulled within 79-64 with 8:44 left. But, Atlanta responded with a 10-0 spurt. With 1:41 left, Philly managed to close within 118-111. They tried their best to keep up, but the Hawks Bogdanovic made two free throws with 8.9 seconds left and ended the game with 128-124.
Embiid said his knee is alright after Game 1 of the 76ers vs Hawks
After playing for 38 minutes last Sunday afternoon, Embiid stated that his knee was fine. This was his first game action after suffering from a small tear in his right meniscus last week.
He stated, “Playing on a torn meniscus is not easy. All I gotta do is keep managing it, do my best, get as much treatment as I can, and try to manage it to make sure it doesn’t swell up too much.”
“Obviously, the pain is going to be there, that’s normal. But it’s all about managing it and doing whatever it takes to win. My goal is to win a championship, and I’m going to put my body on the line to make sure that happens. I’m going to give everything I got,” Embiid further added.
The Sixers and Hawks will return for Game 2 of the 76ers vs Hawks at the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday, June 8, at 7:30 PM ET.