Trae Younger collected 25 factors and a career-high-tying 18 assists to gas the host Atlanta Hawks to a 103-100 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday in Recreation 4 of their Japanese Convention semi-final sequence.
The Hawks overcame an 18-point second-quarter deficit and evened the best-of-seven sequence at two wins apiece. Recreation 5 is Wednesday in Philadelphia.
With Atlanta nursing a 101-100 lead, Philadelphia pressured the Hawks right into a turnover earlier than taking a timeout with 16.6 seconds to play. Joel Embiid, nonetheless, did not convert on a drive to the basket with 8.8 seconds remaining to fall to 0-for-12 from the ground within the second half.
Younger subsequently made two free throws to provide the Hawks a three-point cushion with 6.6 seconds left. Seth Curry’s off-balance three-point try caromed off the again of the rim to finish the sport.
Atlanta Hawks starters
Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 22 factors for the fifth-seeded Hawks, whereas John Collins (14 factors, 12 rebounds) and Clint Capela (12 factors, 13 boards) every posted double-doubles.
Tobias Harris had 20 factors and Embiid recorded 17 factors and 21 rebounds for the top-seeded 76ers, who had been outscored 54-38 within the second half.
Ben Simmons had 11 factors, 12 rebounds, 9 assists and two blocks on the identical day that he was named to the 2020 21 NBA All-Defensive First Staff.
Philadelphia 76ers starters
Embiid made a pair of foul photographs to provide Philadelphia a 95-94 lead with 3:23 remaining within the fourth quarter earlier than Furkan Korkmaz prolonged the benefit by draining a deep three-pointer. Collins transformed from past the arc on the subsequent possession, and Younger sank a floater with 1:17 left to regain the lead for Atlanta.
The Hawks chipped away at their early deficit earlier than Bogdanovic drained a three-pointer to provide them an 83-82 lead early within the fourth quarter.
Shake Milton scored all eight of his factors in a 77-second span handy the 76ers a 92-88 benefit, however Younger’s floater, a defensive goaltending name and Capela’s alley-oop dunk regained the lead for Atlanta.
Philadelphia overcame an ice-cold capturing efficiency to begin the sport earlier than scoring 24 of the ultimate 34 factors to take a 28-20 lead on the finish of the primary quarter. Curry sank two three-pointers en path to scoring eight factors for the 76ers, whereas Bogdanovic had 10 factors to tempo Atlanta.
Embiid briefly went to the locker room in the course of the begin of the second quarter earlier than his return ignited a surge by Philadelphia. Embiid made a three-pointer shortly after re-entering the sport, and Harris transformed from past the arc on consecutive possessions to focus on a 17-3 run by the 76ers.
Philadelphia shot 52.1 per cent from the ground (25 of 48) and 63.6 per cent from three-point vary (7 of 11) to grab a 62-49 lead at half-time.
For the sport, the 76ers outshot the Hawks 43.5 per cent to 36.6 per cent from the ground and 40.7 per cent (11 of 27) to 30 per cent (12 of 40) from past the arc.