National Basketball Association
Atlanta 109, Philadelphia 106
When: 7:30 PM ET, Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
#16 David Guthrie, #42 Eric Lewis, #55 Bill Kennedy
Trae Young scored a playoff-career-high 39 points and the Atlanta Hawks rallied from a 26-point, second-half deficit to stun the host Philadelphia 76ers 109-106 on Wednesday and take a 3-2 series lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Game 6 in the best-of-seven series will be played Friday at Atlanta.
The Hawks trailed by 18 points entering the fourth quarter before outscoring the 76ers 40-19 in the final period. Atlanta never led until Young made three free throws with 1:26 to go for a 105-104 advantage.
John Collins added 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Hawks. Danilo Gallinari contributed 16 points, and Lou Williams had 15.
Philadelphia's Joel Embiid finished with 37 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and four blocked shots but missed two free throws with 10.2 seconds remaining with the Sixers trailing 107-104.
Sixers guard Seth Curry produced a playoff-career-high 36 points, including seven 3-pointers. Ben Simmons continued to struggle from the free-throw line, going 4 of 14, and wound up with eight points.
When Curry dropped in his third 3-pointer, the Sixers led 51-31 with 5:25 left in the second quarter.
Embiid soon connected on a tough turnaround jumper from the corner for a 58-34 lead with 2:07 left.
The Hawks struggled early with their halfcourt offensive execution thanks in large part to suffocating defense by the Sixers.
Young led the Hawks with 14 first-half points, but the Hawks trailed 62-40 at halftime. They shot just 13 of 42 (31 percent) before the break to the 76ers' 23 of 43 (53.3 percent).
Embiid knocked down his first eight shots and had 24 points and 10 rebounds by halftime. It was a major upgrade from Game 4, when Embiid went 0-for-12 in the second half.
Atlanta scored four quick points to open the third before the Sixers responded with an 8-0 run for a 70-44 advantage.
The Sixers maintained a large lead and were on top 87-69 at the end of the third. Young missed a deep 3-point attempt from the top of the key in the waning seconds of the third.
Gallinari hit a trey to cap a 15-2 run and the Hawks closed within 87-76 with 10:15 left in the fourth.
Philadelphia soon came back with consecutive baskets from Embiid and Curry and pushed ahead 93-78 with 8:37 remaining.
As the Sixers' offense stagnated, Collins banked in a 3-pointer with 5:25 to go as the Hawks cut the deficit to 100-92.
Young was fouled by Matisse Thybulle on a 3-point try with 86 seconds left and made all three free throws to put Atlanta ahead by one. Gallinari hit a jumper on the Hawks' next possession for a 107-104 lead to complete a 13-0 run.
--Field Level Media
Top Game Performances
Trae Young 39
Joel Embiid 37
Trae Young 7
Ben Simmons 9
John Collins 11
Joel Embiid 13
Trae Young 17
||Free Throws Made
Joel Embiid 11
Trae Young 3
Seth Curry 2
John Collins 2
Joel Embiid 4
Team Stats Summary
Philadelphia will play their next game on the road against Atlanta. The 76ers have a W/L % of .714 after a win and .609 after a loss.
Atlanta will play their next game at home against Philadelphia. The Hawks have a W/L % of .585 after a win and .548 after a loss.