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It was 48 minutes of basketball perfection. Frankly, there is no other way to put it. From the tip to the final horn, the 76ers were in complete control of this game and were in no danger of losing this game. This says a lot about this Sixers team, and the coaching of Doc Rivers, as in years past, the Sixers would “play down to” the level of their opponent, as Alaa Abdelnady put it. The Sixers 127-83 win was their second win in a row, and the second win in which the rotation players got a rest, and the deep bench players got some minutes.
While the box score may not show it, Ben Simmons with his 8 PTS, 6 AST, 4 REB, and 2 STL was the most dominant player on the floor against Atlanta. The game seemed to almost slow down for him, as it looked like he was in control of the game, especially in the first quarter, where he had six of his points and four of his assists. He also had what can only be described as the most Ben Simmons sequence ever, as on one end he drove to the rim and kicked to Danny Green for three, then got a steal on the other end, ran the floor, and found Seth Curry for a three.
The absence of multiple Hawks was also a large part of why the Sixers were able to cruise to a win. Hawks were missing multiple important players, including Trae Young, Cam Reddish, DeAndre Hunter, Kevin Huerter, and Tony Snell. With so many players missing, the Hawks never really stood a chance, but no one expected the Sixers to beat them this bad
Seth Curry led the game in scoring tonight with a hyper-efficient 20 points, on 67% from the field, 57% from three, and a TS% of 83. Second in scoring was Tobias Harris with an efficient 17 PTS, on 50% from the field and 50% from three, while pouring 7 REB and 6 AST too.
Joel Embiid didn’t have one of his better games of the year, only pouring in 17 PTS and 7 REB, though he only played 25 minutes. His lack of minutes and productions mostly came from a lack of need, as he played so little and was needed so little as everyone else was just on a roll.
This dominant performance just helps to cement the Sixers as a top team in the league and is a nice win to pick up with the playoffs approaching. Every single Sixer who stepped on the floor scored today, and to really sum up the Sixers' dominance, they had an offensive rating of 140.5 as opposed to the Hawks 91.8. The Sixers take on the Hawks again tomorrow at 7:00 PM, and they’re looking to reciprocate their feat again