The Philadelphia 76ers (12-11) defeat the Atlanta Hawks (12-11) 98-96 in a close game that resulted coming down to the last shot.
After a bad loss in Boston, the 76ers were looking to get back on track. In a game where they were without a struggling Tobias Harris, the Sixers seemed to find their groove by the end of the game.
The 76ers started off the first few minutes on a cold streak as they went down 10-2. Joel Embiid and Seth Curry started to find their shots and were heating up as time went by. Seth Curry finished the quarter with 11 points, while Joel Embiid finished with 8. Embiid started getting into the paint and getting foul calls. He went 6-7 from the free throw line in the first quarter. He started to look like his old self again. The quarter ended with the Sixers being up 31-22.
The Sixers started to get cold and the Hawks started heating up. Danilo Gallinari was the man of the first half for the Hawks. He was dishing the ball well, his shot looked great and he finished the half with 13 points shooting 4-6 while also hitting a 3. Trae Young was struggling with hit shot finishing the first half with 14 points on 5-13 shooting. Matisse Thybulle continues to struggle on the offensive end and its basically like playing 4v5 on offense. Embiid struggled this quarter. Maxey continues to struggle finding his shot.
The Sixers started to look good on the defensive end, and their ball movement was looking fantastic in this quarter. The Sixers started to crawl back after a disappointing second quarter. Andre Drummond didn't look great tonight and he seemed to be getting exposed on the defensive end. Furkan Korkmaz continues to struggle on both sides of the ball and he seems to be almost unplayable at this point.
Coming down to the end of this game, it was an absolute nail biter that had you on the edge of your seat. Joel Embiid started to take over late in the game. When it came down to it, the Sixers locked it down defensively. Doc Rivers continues to play Matisse Thybulle in crunch time and the Sixers fans don't understand why because he is a huge liability on the offensive end. Joel Embiid hit a shot late in the fourth quarter and the Hawks couldn't get it going on the offensive end to take the lead back.
My takeaways for this game:
The bench was almost unplayable tonight. Furkan Korkmaz continues his struggles, Matisse Thybulle is an offensive liability, Shake Milton scores inefficiently. The second unit was without Niang, who was placed in the starting lineup for Tobias Harris. There were many good things to takeaway from this game. Joel Embiid is finally starting to look like himself again. The offense did look smoother without Tobias Harris who seemed to hold back the offense vs Boston. The Sixers did a great job containing Trae Young who was defended by Tyrese Maxey or Matisse Thybulle for a majority of the game. The Sixers seem to find their groove on both sides of the ball and its a good sign for the future, and hopefully more wins are coming.
Tune in on Monday night as the Sixers travel to Charlotte to take on the Hornets.