The Atlanta Hawks stun the Philadelphia 76ers in game five after trailing big. The Hawks were down as many as 26 in the second half but came back and won. Atlanta is now one win away from getting back into the Eastern Conference Finals.
The 76ers were up 62-36 and it was looking all but over. However, Trae Young and Lou Williams had other plans.
Lou Williams gave the Hawks a spark when he checked into the game. The Hawks were down 21 when Williams checked in but went on a 55-31 run to end the game. Williams had 15 points and two steals during that stretch.
Young scored 39 points and dished out seven assists in the comeback effort. Joel Embiid could have matched that point total, but he missed two key free throws late in the game that could have made it a one-point game.
Atlanta outscored Philadelphia 40-19 in the fourth quarter. The Hawks shot 73 percent from the floor compared to 29 percent from the 76ers.
Young scored 25 of his 39 points in the second half. Young has had an eventful start to his postseason career. From silencing Madison Square Garden to leading comebacks in Philadelphia, Young shows he isn’t scared of the moment.
Simmons only had eight points, missed ten total free throws, and was even benched towards the end of the game. Simmons and the 76ers are going to need to bounce back to avoid elimination in game six.
He said he was going to attack more and be aggressive after losing game four. However, Simmons only had four total shots attempts the entire game.
The Hawks are now one win away from a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals. Atlanta hasn’t done that since 2015 when they were the number one team in the East.
On the other hand, the 76ers are in trouble. Philadelphia has blown two straight big leads and is in jeopardy of another playoff defeat.
The Hawks stun the Philadelphia in game five and will look to win the series in Atlanta on Friday Night.