Joel Embiid did a bit of everything last night to tie up the victory of the Philadelphia 76ers at the home of the Atlanta Hawks by 111-127, who saw how a powerful third quarter of his rival sentenced the 2-1 in the tie of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Despite of tear in a cartilage in your right knee, Embiid continues to play the best basketball of his professional career in this season finale as the Sixers aim for the ring. With 27 points, 9 rebounds, 3 blocks and 8 assists, his record for basket passes in a playoffs, the Cameroonian center once again dominated the rhythm of the game at will.
After falling in the first game to Trae Young and company, Philadelphia seems to have regained control of the series with two consecutive wins in the tie.
Tobias Harris, with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists, Y Ben Simmons, with 18 points and 7 assists, helped the team led by Doc Rivers to prevail with clarity in the match. In the third quarter, a partial of 11-0 allowed the Sixers to flee at the locker after dominating the scoreboard from the first period.
The final quarter of the quarter was 34-19, which allowed the Sixers to manage a lead of up to 22 points in the final stretch. Young, with 28 points and 8 assists, led the insufficient local effort.
The Hawks only led in the opening stages of Game 3, going 11-10 that marked their last lead in the game. John collins, with 23 points and 7 rebounds, and Bogdan Bogdanovic, with 19 goals, they collaborated with their reference from the starting quintet.
The locals tried to stop Embiid with a defense based on two against one That served a lot, since the pivot was successful from the personal line with 12 of 16 hits.
The Cameroonian, once again, scared his fans when one of his legs hurt after stepping on Clint Capela in the fight for a rebound. Embiid limped and grimaced in painBut then he ruled out nothing serious at the post-match press conference.
Who did get injured was Danny Green, who went to the locker room in the first room with a muscle pull in the right calf, an injury that aims to leave him out more than one game. In the tie, the veteran NBA champion was not a deciding factor with averages of 4.5 points per match.
From the bench, the Turk Furkan Korkmaz contributed 11 points in the starting room and finished the game with 14 points
and a +24 in valuation, the best of the crash.
Those secondary contributions, and even more so when players like Green are injured, they are what make the difference between a playoff team and a championship team. To win you need the stars and much more than them.