NBA Playoffs: Thanks to Joel Embiid and an X-Factor

The Philadelphia 76ers have re-registered against the Atlanta Hawks with a 118-102 win in Game 2 of the Conference Semifinals. Joel Embiid is the dominant figure, but in the end he has an unexpected helper.

Embiid, who was named second in the MVP election before the game, dominated the game with 40 points (13/25 FG, 12/16 FT) and 13 rebounds, but this time got more support than in game 1. Tobias Harris ( 22) was particularly strong in the first half, similar to Seth Curry (21, 5/6 threesome). The X-factor in the second half was Shake Milton, who was only brought on for the first time at the end of the third quarter and scored a quick 14 points (5/8 FG) that put the game out of reach.

On the other hand, Trae Young (21, 6/16, 11 assists, 4 turns) did not come into the game as strongly as last, but ended the game as a shared guest top scorer with Danilo Gallinari. Kevin Huerter (20) was also strong, while Bogdan Bogdanovic (14, 6/16) searched for his litter for a long time. With the hosts increasing defensive pressure, the Hawks had some problems.

Both teams started with the same starting fives as in Game 1, but this time Doc Rivers changed his coverage and had Simmons defend directly against Young. This measure also helped the Sixers get off to a much more serious start, which quickly made the audience at the Wells Fargo Center frenetic.

Sixers get off to a dream start in the first quarter

Harris in particular started brilliantly with 12 points and after a three from Green Philly was already in the middle of the first quarter with a 23: 6 lead. It was not until the bankers Huerter and Gallinari gave the Hawks a little offensive rhythm, so that they could at least make up some ground by the end of the quarter. 33:20 for Philly.

In the second quarter, the Sixers offense came to a standstill without Embiid. Atlanta had Gallinari, who reared up further, after free throws from the Italian there were only 4 points difference. Embiid returned and received a poster dunk from Capela, but promptly answered it on the other side with pure power.

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