PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – JUNE 06: Trae Young #11 of the Atlanta Hawks reacts during the second quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers during Game One of the Eastern Conference second round series at Wells Fargo Center on June 06, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
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Trae Young ignites Atlanta Hawks in Game 1 win
Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young cooked the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinals series on Sunday, just as he did the New York Knicks in the first round.
Young scored 25 of his 35 points in the first half and added 10 assists in a 128-124 tone-setting victory.
Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid played through a small tear in his right meniscus to collect 39 points, nine rebounds and four assists in 38 minutes. Not until he landed awkwardly on a fourth-quarter rebound attempt did the knee appear to bother him significantly. The MVP candidate’s performance wasn’t enough.
Atlanta scored 76 first-half points and led by as many as 26 points. The inexperienced Hawks took their foot off the gas and nearly blew their comfortable lead in the waning minutes with a comedy of turnovers.
Embiid’s back-to-back layups capped an 11-0 run that cut the deficit to a single possession with 1:01 remaining. Hawks wing Bogdan Bogdanovic responded with a 3-pointer that pushed the lead back to 121-115. He borrowed a page from Young’s playbook and shushed a once-raucous Wells Fargo Center crowd.
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