LOS ANGELES – Trae Young scored 35 factors and the Atlanta Hawks held off a late Philadelphia rally to beat the 76ers 128-124 in Sunday’s opening recreation of their NBA playoff series.
At the Staples Center, the Los Angeles Clippers, powered by the 28 factors of Kawhi Leonard, superior to the Western Conference semifinals after outlasting the Dallas Mavericks, 126-111 in Game 7 of their first spherical series duel.
Trae, Hawks soar
Young, who averaged 29 factors a recreation in the primary spherical of the playoffs, pushed the guests to a 19-point lead with eight minutes remaining just for Atlanta to wrestle down the stretch and barely dangle on for the victory.
The Hawks grabbed a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semi-final series with recreation two at Philadelphia on Tuesday.
The series winner will face Milwaukee or Brooklyn to find out a berth in subsequent month’s NBA Finals.
Bogdan Bogdanovic and John Collins every added 21 factors for the Hawks whereas Clint Capella added 10 factors and 11 rebounds for Atlanta.
Cameroonian heart Joel Embiid began for the Sixers after lacking the ultimate recreation of Philadelphia’s first-round series towards Washington with a proper knee harm.
Embiid scored a game-high 39 factors with 9 rebounds and 4 assists whereas Seth Curry added 21 factors and Tobias Harris had 20 factors and 10 rebounds and Australian guard Ben Simmons had 17 factors and 10 assists.
Young, who additionally handed off 10 assists, scored 12 factors in the primary quarter as Atlanta jumped forward 42-27 and he completed with 25 in the primary half because the Hawks seized a 74-54 half-time lead.
Lou Williams, a former 76er, got here off the bench to attain eight factors in a 17-0 Atlanta run from late in the primary quarter to early in the second to provide the Hawks a 53-27 benefit, the 76ers going nearly six minutes with out scoring.
“They hit us in the mouth to start the game,” 76ers coach Doc Rivers stated. “They were the more aggressive team. They were the more physical team. They got off to a better start.”
But the 76ers fought again late, with an 11-0 Philadelphia run, capped by consecutive Embiid layups, pulling the hosts inside 118-115 with 66 seconds remaining.
Bogdanovic sank a 3-pointer with 41.3 seconds remaining for a 121-115 Hawks lead, however Ben Simmons made a free throw and Tobias Harris made a steal and layup for the 76ers.
Embiid made a breakaway foul on Collins and the Hawks’ standout added two free throws and adopted with a 3-point play to provide Atlanta a 126-118 edge with 16.5 seconds remaining.
“We’ll certainly be watching film on that,” Hawks coach Nate McMillan stated of his membership’s late collapse.
“We simply misplaced our composure in the second half. We didn’t deal with their stress properly. In the second half we gave them the ball. They make you pay whenever you flip the ball over.
“We’re going to have to be sharper going down the stretch. We know we will have to be better in the next game because they will be more attacking than they were in the second half of this game.”
Simmons added a free throw and Embiid adopted with a rebound and a 3-point play, then Danny Green made a steal and Simmons made a dunk to drag the sixers inside 126-124 earlier than Bogdanovic hit two ultimate free throws to seal Atlanta’s triumph.
“We lost this game by allowing the other team to score 128 points,” Rivers stated.
Embiid is an NBA Most Valuable Player finalist who averaged 28.5 factors and 10.6 rebounds this season for the Sixers.
Leonard had 28 factors, 10 rebounds and 9 assists to steer the Clippers over Mavericks and punching their ticket to the second spherical of the NBA playoffs.
The Clippers captured a seventh-game showdown to win the best-of-seven Western Conference first-round series 4-3 with the primary home-team win of the matchup.
Los Angeles needed to face up to a 46-point efficiency from Mavericks star Luka Doncic in the deciding contest, lastly cashing in on a house court docket edge after the street groups had received six instances, the primary series in NBA historical past the house workforce had didn’t win any of the primary six video games.
“We never gave up. We wanted to get better and we did it, especially on the defensive end,” Leonard stated.
Marcus Morris scored 23 factors and Paul George tallied 22 and dished out 10 assists for the fourth-seeded Clippers in entrance of a pandemic-limited crowd of seven,300 at Staples Center enviornment in downtown Los Angeles.
Next up, Jazz
The Clippers superior to the second spherical to face the top-seeded Utah Jazz with recreation one on Tuesday in Salt Lake City.
The NBA will crown a brand new champion this season after the Los Angeles Lakers had been eradicated on Thursday.
“It was a total team win. We wanted this moment,” stated Clippers coach Tyronn Lue. “It was a great test for us on making us battle tested going into the second round. That was a great win for us.”
Doncic continued his very good play in the series regardless of taking part in with a sore neck which he harm in recreation 4. He added 14 assists and 7 rebounds Sunday in his first recreation seven in simply the second playoff series of his younger profession. The Mavericks additionally misplaced to the Clippers in the primary spherical final season.
“We gave everything,” Doncic stated. “I’m very proud of this team. Obviously I hate losing. We hate losing, but I’m proud of my team.”
Dorian Finney-Smith had 18 factors and 10 rebounds and Kristaps Porzingis completed with 16 factors and 11 rebounds for the Mavericks in the loss.
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