NBA Basketball

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Philadelphia 22 25 33 24 104
Atlanta 29 22 25 23 99
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4:30 PM PT5:30 PM MT6:30 PM CT7:30 PM ET23:30 GMT7:30 4:30 PM MST6:30 PM EST3:30 UAE (+1)00:3019:30 ET5:30 PM CT22:30 , June 18, 2021
State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Georgia  Attendance: 16,610

Joel Embiid, Sixers try to avoid elimination in Game 6 vs. Hawks

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Philadelphia 76ers at Atlanta Hawks

  1. After coming back from an 18-point deficit to win Game 4, Atlanta came back from a 26-point third-quarter deficit and an 18-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter to win Game 5 and take a 3-2 series lead. The Hawks are the only Eastern Conference team in the last 20 years to come back from a deficit of 15+ points in consecutive postseason games.
  2. The 26-point lead is the largest that Philadelphia has blown in any game since 2000-01 and the largest second-half lead blown by any Eastern Conference team in the playoffs since 2003. The 18-point margin after three quarters is both the Sixers' largest blown lead and the Hawks' largest overcome deficit in any postseason game in the last 70 postseasons (1952).
  3. The Sixers have been down 3-2 in a best-of-seven series 18 times previously, winning only once (in the 1955 NBA Finals when they were the Syracuse Nationals). Philadelphia is 1-11 when facing elimination on the road since 1985 and has won only once in five tries all-time when down 3-2 with Game 6 on the road (1954 NBA Finals).
  4. The Hawks have won seven of their nine all-time best-of-seven series when holding a 3-2 lead, including finishing each of their last three in six games. Atlanta lost its most-recent potential series-clinching game at home in the 2014 First Round against Indiana, when it was also up 3-2 before losing Game 6 at home and Game 7 on the road.
  5. Joel Embiid had 37 points while Seth Curry had a postseason career-high 36 in Game 5, becoming the only Sixer duo to each have over 35 in a postseason game since the team moved to Philadelphia in 1963-64. They were the only 76ers to make a field goal in the second half of Game 5.
  6. Trae Young is the sixth player since 1970 to score 20+ points in each of his first 10 postseason games and the third to do so in a single postseason, along with LeBron James (13 in 2006) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (10 in 1970).

The resilient Atlanta Hawks have overcome 18- and 26-point deficits in the past two games to push the top-seeded Philadelphia 76ers to the brink of elimination in their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

The fifth-seeded Hawks will look to provide one final shove and advance to the conference finals for the first time since 2015 when they meet the 76ers for Game 6 in Atlanta on Friday.

"There's no quit," Hawks coach Nate McMillan said after his team's 109-106 win in Philadelphia in Game 5. "We always talk about playing a 48-minute game. It's a long game. And it took all 48 minutes (on Wednesday) to get it done."

With his team staring at a 72-46 deficit, John Collins drained a 3-pointer to ignite Atlanta on a 63-34 run over the final 20:21 of the contest.

"We know we've got a lot of guys who can make shots and make 3s and can really get our offense going," Hawks star guard Trae Young said. "We can put up a lot of points really quick."

Young proved that by scoring 13 of his 39 points over the final 4:30 of the fourth quarter. Atlanta finished with 40 points in the final stanza, marking its second highest-scoring fourth quarter in playoff history.

While a euphoric feeling enveloped the Atlanta contingent, the Philadelphia players were left with the very raw feeling of letting two potential victories slip through their fingers.

"This one is going to hurt," Tobias Harris said. "It hurts. But (Thursday) we have to put it behind us, find a way to get better, go to Atlanta and get a win. Our backs are against the wall right now, and we have to play like it."

Harris followed a string of seven straight performances of at least 20 points by scoring just four on 2-for-11 shooting from the floor on Wednesday.

Joel Embiid, who is playing through a knee injury, countered a dismal 0-for-12 stretch in the second half of a 103-100 setback to Atlanta on Monday by scoring 37 points two days later. The 7-footer and Seth Curry (playoff career-high 36 points) combined for 73 of the 106 points for Philadelphia, which mustered just 44 as a team in the second half of Wednesday's contest.

Ben Simmons continues to star in a horror show at the free-throw line.

Simmons made 4 of 14 shots from the charity stripe before being benched in the fourth quarter on Wednesday. The top overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft is 22 of 67 (32.8 percent) from the free-throw line in the playoffs.

Despite his team's many obstacles, 76ers coach Doc Rivers said he thinks the club will win in Atlanta on Friday and push the best-of-seven series to its limit.

"We'll get back up," Rivers said. "We'll be back here for Game 7. I believe that. The mood was down; it was awful. What would you think it would be? It would have to be, right? And so this is part of sports. You have some awful moments.

"We have made this hard on ourselves. We have to own up to that. All of us. Then we have to get up and be ready for the next game. It's going to be a crazy atmosphere. Good. We'll be ready for it."

Game, if necessary, is set for Sunday night in Atlanta.

--Field Level Media

Updated June 17, 2021

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