Trae Younger and the Atlanta Hawks pulled off a playoff comeback for the ages towards the Philadelphia 76ers to maneuver inside a victory of the Japanese Convention finals.
Younger was fouled on a three-pointer and hit all three free throws with 1:26 left to cap a 26-point comeback and ship Atlanta on its solution to a 109-106 victory over the 76ers on Wednesday evening in Recreation 5.
The Hawks received in Philadelphia for second time within the sequence and may advance to the convention finals for the primary time since 2015 with a victory Friday evening in Atlanta.
Younger scored 39 factors and added to a postseason the place he has develop into a breakout star.
“We hold combating it doesn’t matter what the rating is. I’m happy with this workforce,” Younger mentioned. “We have now confidence in one another. All of us love one another’s firm and it reveals on the court docket. We by no means cease believing till the ultimate buzzer goes off.”
Joel Embiid scored 17 factors within the first quarter and had the Sixers on their approach towards a romp with a 26-point lead within the first half. They nonetheless led 87-69 on the finish of the third earlier than they collapsed.
Lou Williams, Danilo Gallinari and Younger opened the fourth on an enormous run towards the Sixers’ second unit and stored attacking as soon as 76ers coach Doc Rivers was pressured to place the starters in and save the lead.
Gallinari hit a 3 that made it 87-76 and Embiid sprang from his quiet down seat behind the basket and ran to the scorer’s desk to verify again within the sport. He immediately scored and pushed the lead again to 13.
The massive photographs stored coming for the Hawks – Williams buried a 3 that made it an 11-point sport and Younger stored hitting his floaters and his fouls photographs.
Ben Simmons, together with Embiid the cornerstone for the Sixers, missed free throw after free throw a lot as he has for a lot of the postseason that sped up Atlanta’s comeback.
Younger’s floater introduced them inside two after which he leaned right into a three-pointer and was fouled by Matisse Thybulle. Younger, taunted all sequence by Sixers followers, calmly stepped to the road and buried all three photographs. And so it was, 105-104 Hawks.
Patriots proprietor Robert Kraft sat courtside and noticed one more huge collapse solely this one towards Atlanta.
The Hawks led by 26 factors in a Recreation 1 victory and received Recreation 4 at house on Monday.
Atlanta followers can roll off a prolonged listing of notorious collapses in its collective sports activities historical past.
Right here was a comeback to recollect.
Gallinari scored 16 factors, Williams had 15 factors and John Collins had 19 factors and 11 rebounds
Embiid scored 39 factors and Seth Curry had 36. Simmons was 4 for 14 from the free throw line and even Embiid missed two huge ones down the stretch. Simmons missed two with the Sixers up 104-96 and the Hawks got here proper down and scored.
Embiid shook off an 0-for-12 end within the second half of a Recreation 4 loss with an 8-for-8 begin that helped the Sixers seize a 26-point lead in entrance of a raucous house crowd.
Embiid is principally enjoying on one good leg as he performs by torn cartilage in his proper knee. The harm bought the most effective of him in Recreation 4. He couldn’t get any raise in his photographs notable in a blown layup late that ought to have received the sport and his 0-fer within the second half left Philly questioning how exhausting he might go in Recreation 5.