Los Angeles (AFP)
Cameroonian Joel Embiid scored 40 points, his highest in the playoffs, led his Philadelphia 76ers to beat the Atlanta Hawks 118-102 in the second game of the Eastern District semi-finals on Tuesday, tying the two teams 1-1.
Embiid, who played the match despite being diagnosed with a meniscus tear in the knee, added 13 follow-ups.
Tobias Harris contributed 22 points, while Seth Corey finished the match with 21, including 5 triples, and reserve player Shake Melton 14.
The Seventy Sixers’ benches were a significant factor in the win, scoring 26 points in the second half in front of the 18,600 spectators at the Wells Fargo Center.
The two teams play the third game in a series of best seven possible matches in Atlanta on Friday.
On the other hand, the Hawks missed the efforts of star Deandre Hunter for the second game in a row due to pain in the right knee.
His colleague Trae Young, the star of the first match, scored 35 points and 10 rebounds, failed to lead the Hawks to the second win in a row, with only 21 points and 11 assists.
Young is averaging 30.2 points per game this season.
Italian Danilo Gallinari added 21 points along with 9 rebounds, and Kevin Huerter 20 points is his highest in the “Playoff”. Serbia’s Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 14 points, and Clint Kabila scored 10.
The Hawks sacked their former coach Lloyd Pierce due to poor results, as he led him to win only 14 games against 20 losses at the beginning of the regular league.
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