Another well-negotiated meeting for the Hawks at home against a Top 4 contender in the East. Just like against the Bucks earlier this week, Atlanta made up the difference after the break by putting two strokes of the accelerator that left Philly in the spot.
The Hawks took over the game on the right end thanks to Trae Young, aggressive toward the circle and the help of Clint Capela and Jalen Johnson on the transition play. Despite the awakening of Joel Embiid, at the end of an alley-oop, Atlanta ended the first action on 11-0 with Trae Young again in charge, especially to find Clint Capela in the air and bring the mark. at 29-20 after 12 minutes.
The Melton-Milton-Maxey trio responded quickly (33-31), forcing Trae Young to give a boost, 3-point or serve to John Collins, Clint Capela and De’Andre Hunter (46-40).
Philly held on until midway through the third quarter, with Tobias Harris, Tyrese Maxey and Georges Niang backing up Joel Embiid to tie the game at 55-55. Something that quickly struck a chord with the Hawks. The locals responded with a 12-0 run to end the period, the work of Clint Capela, Justin Holiday on 3-pointers and Trae Young twice (80-66).
Atlanta hit the nail on the head early in the fourth quarter by moving to +20 following another 12-0 run, this time scored by 3-pointers from AJ Griffin and Justin Holiday and capped off by a dunk from Onyeka Okongwu ( 94-74).
Even though Philly was able to turn the pressure back by going back to -6 two minutes from the end (100-94), Dejounte Murray and John Collins, receiving an alley-oop delivered by Trae Young, were able to finish the job to let the Hawks get their 8th victory of the season (104-95).
WHAT YOU SHOULD REMEMBER
– Philly in hard to create. James Harden’s absence is devastating to Philadelphia’s system, which is struggling to find an alternative. A disaster that occurred tonight with 17 turnovers on just 15 assists. The Milton-Melton-Maxey trio must be more present in this register to recover. The result: too many one-on-one situations and not enough movement. Not enough to hope to win in Atlanta.
– Poor time management. The balance of power in the NBA is also seen in the way the two teams manage their down times. Atlanta did not play a perfect game, and could have been shocked when Philadelphia held on and tied the game at 55-55. But locals were able to limit the damage. The Sixers for their part struggled to stop the bleeding followed by two 12-0 runs. Doc Rivers even took a timeout at the start of the fourth quarter to try to revive his team, to no avail. Philly was going too far back then.
✅ Trae Young. The Hawks chief held his rank from start to finish. Aggressive at the start of the game, he also knows how to get his teammates involved. He is also the source of every good pass for his team. Despite the rubbish (6 lost balls, 7/21 in shooting), he was the benchmark for his men throughout the match.
✅ Clint Capela. The pivot did the job tonight, taking care of the dirty work while having an impact on the attack. Twice served on Trae Young’s air, he was also there for important moments of the meeting. Still important to the good performance of the Hawks.
⛔️ Joel Embiid’s Lieutenants. Where are they in this game? Between Tobias Harris’ 5/15 and Tyrese Maxey’s 5/17, we can’t say the Cameroonian was well supported. PJ Tucker, out on injury (hip), Montrezl Harrell (three minutes of play) or Matisse Thybulle (8) should not scratch the side.
The two teams will meet this Saturday, in Philadelphia at this time (01:30).