Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris and Joel Embiid each scored 18 points each to inspire Philadelphia 76ers to another straight victory over the Atlanta Hawks. Philadelphia 76ers began play 1½ games behind Brooklyn in the race for the top seed in the East. Dwight Howard led the team with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
Trae Young scored 32 points in his return after a four-game absence due to an ankle injury and Clint Capela had 11 points and 15 rebounds for Atlanta Hawks. The away team stayed in fifth place in the East.
Philadelphia 76ers’ combined effort ensure a swift win over Atlanta Hawks yet again
The Philadelphia 76ers routed Atlanta Hawks 122-83 earlier in Philadelphia when they clinched a playoff spot. Hawks coach Nate McMillan talked prior to Friday’s contest about his team’s need to come out with energy and urgency in the rematch.
It looked as if the Hawks got the message, as they scored 13 of the first 15 points to take an early 11-point lead. But the Philadelphia 76ers outscored Atlanta Hawks 21-13 over the final 7:21 to pull within 26-23 after one.
Philadelphia took control in the second quarter. Harris and Simmons had resounding dunks in a dominating period for the 76ers, who outscored Atlanta 42-20 to go up 65-46 at the break. Philadelphia made 15 of 28 shots in the quarter, while Atlanta missed 14 of 19.
Joel Embiid’s 3 from the top of the key on an assist from Simmons early in the third put the 76ers on the blowout path, giving them a 72-48 lead and well on their way to another easy win over Atlanta.