The Hawks send the 76ers back to the blackboard with a victory in Game 7 103-96
Atlanta- The Hawks shocked the 76ers with a gritty win in Game 7.
Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks blew an opportunity to close out the series against the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 6 and were forced to play in a do or die situation with their season on the line. The Hawks got their offense going early on with Kevin Huerter. Huerter was shooting from behind the arc pretty well. At one point, Huerter hit three consecutive threes in the first half to start a mini run for the Hawks. The Hawks went on a 12-6 run before the end of the half and clung onto a 48-46 lead at the end of break.
Young in the second half continued to struggle. Since his shots were not falling, he was trying to get his teammates involved more. On the defensive end, the Hawks struggled to defend the 76ers' bigs. Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris, and Ben Simmons were getting boards and second chances to score in the third quarter. Even though, the 76ers were not knocking down the wide open shots, the Hawks were getting out hustled. Atlanta went on 6-0 run before the end of the third to go up five, 66-61.
With under .55 seconds left in regulation, Heurter was on fouled on a three point shot. He hit all three shots, which made it a four point game, in favor of the Hawks. The Hawks forced a steal, as the 76ers forced a tough pass in traffic and scored to make it a two possession game with 41.5 seconds left. After a few foul shots that the Hawks sunk in, they went on to win and advance to the Eastern Conference finals.