Joel Embiid scored a career-high 40 points in the playoffs and picked up 13 rebounds on Tuesday as the Philadelphia 76ers tied their Eastern Conference semifinal streak with a 118-102 victory over the Atlanta Hawks in Game 2.
Again, Embiid was questionable to play shortly before the announcement due to a small tear in the lateral meniscus in his right knee.
Tobias Harris added 22 points and Seth Curry had 21, including five 3-pointers, for the Sixers. Shake Milton scored 14 points in 14 minutes off the bench.
40 PTS FOR EMBIID 🔥@JoelEmbiid‘s #NBAPlayoffs high career powers the @sixers in Game 2. The series is tied 1-1 as it travels to Atlanta, with Game 3 Friday at 7:30 p.m. / and on ESPN. # It’sGame pic.twitter.com/3SJxIU7AlW
– NBA (@NBA) June 9, 2021
The Philadelphia reserves were held scoreless in the first half but scored 26 points in the second.
Trae Young had 21 points and 11 assists for the Hawks. Danilo Gallinari had 21 points and nine rebounds, and Kevin Huerter added 20, a career-high playoffs. Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 14 points while Clint Capela had 10.
Hawks forward De’Andre Hunter missed his second straight game with pain in his right knee.
The third game of the top seven series will be played in Atlanta on Friday.
The Sixers came out strong and advanced 23-6. The Hawks remained patient, trimmed and closed 37-35 midway through the second quarter.
Embiid quickly capped a 9-0 run with a short jumper in the lane and the Sixers led by 11 with 4:52 left in the half.
Gallinari lost 3 points with 2.7 seconds left and the Hawks were only shooting 57-55 at halftime.
– NBA (@NBA) June 9, 2021
Harris scored 18 points before the break and Embiid added 16 points but committed three fouls at halftime. Huerter and Gallinari each had 15 points in the first half for Atlanta.
When Embiid hit a wing trey with 7:12 left in the third quarter, the Sixers were leading 73-63.
The Hawks rallied and reduced the deficit to 79-78 with 3:46 left in the third after a difficult 3-point from Bogdanovic. With just over two minutes to go, the Hawks took their first lead at 80-79 after a pair of free throws from Young.
Milton led a charge late in the third quarter and sank a tree deep in the final second period as the Sixers took a 91-84 advantage.
Milton and Dwight Howard scored a quick 11-0 push to open the fourth and the lead was quickly increased to 18. Milton topped the run with a 3-point pointer that gave the Sixers a 102-84 lead. with 9:45 to go.
Atlanta’s John Collins grabbed an offensive rebound and scored with 8:25 remaining to bring the Hawks down to 104-88. Collins finished with 10 rebounds, a record for the team.
The Hawks made 18 turnovers that gave Philadelphia 28 points. Atlanta only managed seven points on nine Sixers gifts, one game after Philadelphia returned it 19 times.
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