ATLANTA — The Philadelphia 76ers remained assured after blowing large leads in back-to-back losses to the Atlanta Hawks and continued to keep away from self-doubt after falling behind by 12 early in Game 6.
Finally, the 76ers confirmed their perception of their expertise, and their No. 1 seed, had been justified.
Seth Curry hit six 3-pointers and scored 24 factors and the 76ers averted elimination within the Eastern Conference semifinal collection by beating the Hawks 104-99 on Friday night time.
The 76ers overcame Trae Young’s 34-point effort to force Game 7 on Sunday night time in Philadelphia.
“You noticed the combat and grit of an entire group,” stated Tobias Harris, who additionally had 24 factors.
Harris made 4 free throws within the remaining 13 seconds to shield the lead. Joel Embiid added 22 factors and 13 rebounds.
“Tonight I feel we confirmed that psychological toughness and got here out on prime,” Ben Simmons stated.
Curry made six of 9 3s as he served as Philadelphia’s reply for Young’s long-distance capturing.
“It’s enjoyable. It’s quite a lot of enjoyable,” Curry stated. “That’s an important group over there. … You’ve simply received to climate the storm and are available again at them on the different finish.”
Young’s lengthy 3, simply earlier than the shot clock expired, lower Philadelphia’s lead to 94-93. Embiid answered with a basket. Free throws by Embiid and Tyrese Maxey, who scored 16 factors off the bench, pushed the benefit to 98-93.
Danilo Gallinari’s jam with 20 seconds remaining lower the lead to three factors however the 76ers made six of six free throws to shut the sport.
The Hawks rallied from deficits of 18 and 26 factors to win back-to-back video games and had been in place to clinch the collection at dwelling.
“That stung for us as an entire group,” Harris stated of blowing large leads in two losses. “We stated there’s actually going to be quite a lot of criticism however we actually have to keep targeted as a result of the collection isn’t over. … As a gaggle we mainly simply locked into that.”
The Hawks lastly began sturdy, main by 12 factors within the first interval and by no means trailing within the first half. Atlanta led 51-47 at halftime.
The 76ers opened the second half with a flurry of 4 3s, together with three by Curry, throughout a 14-Zero run to open the second half that gave Philadelphia a 61-51 lead. The 76ers led by 11 at 68-57, following a jumper by Embiid.
“I don’t assume we had been tight,” stated Hawks coach Nate McMillan, who stated the group struggled when it “simply began to take fast pictures. We didn’t make them work on protection.”
Atlanta lower the lead to 80-76 getting into the ultimate interval.
After outscoring Philadelphia 40-19 within the fourth quarter of their 109-106 comeback win in Game 5, the Hawks took the momentum into the opening interval of Game 6.
Collins’ jumper to open the sport helped Atlanta rating 10 of the sport’s first 12 factors. A steal and free throw by Kevin Huerter, who had 17 factors, stretched the benefit to 12 factors for the primary time at 20-8.
An extended 3-pointer by Young once more prolonged the lead to 12 at 25-13.
Maxey’s sturdy play off the bench helped the 76ers get well. Maxey’s floater early within the second interval tied the sport at 29-all.
Following a timeout that gave McMillan the prospect to ship Collins and Young again into the sport, Atlanta answered with a 10-Zero run that included three baskets and a steal by Young.
Following his fast-break lay-in in the course of the run, Young celebrated with a smile and shoulder shimmy.