The suspense remains total between Philadelphia and Atlanta. The Sixers won over the Hawks (104-99) on Friday to tie at 3-3 in their NBA Playoffs Conference semifinals. This will be decided on Sunday in Game 7. Very smart will be the one who can guess which team will advance to the final in the East, as this series is tight and unpredictable.
On Wednesday, the Atlanta Hawks had managed the feat of erasing 26 points behind, at the start of the third quarter, to finally win (109-106) with their opponent. This time, at home, Trae Young, their star player, who had worked miracles in Game 5 with 39 points, scored 34 (plus 12 assists). But that wasn’t enough to stop the 76ers from clinching the win.
Seth Curry shines in front of his brother Stephen
The latter were still led 92-84 four minutes from the end of the meeting. But “Philly” in turn managed a winning comeback, thanks in particular to Tobias Harris and Seth Curry, both authors of 24 points.
The first remained icy in the last 13 seconds, taking in four free throws which ensured the result. The second scored six three-pointers, under the eyes of his brother Stephen, the star of the Golden State Warriors, who came to support him and who must have appreciated this demonstration of their family specialty.
Joel Embiid, still bothered by his painful right knee meniscus, was less prominent than usual, but he still did a big job (22 points, 13 rebounds). He was also involved in an altercation that could have ended badly with John Collins, inside the Hawks.
On the Atlanta side, the evening was all the more painful as Bogdan Bogdanovic injured his right knee during the last quarter and could not finish the match. The Hawks are now hoping for his recovery from Sunday’s crucial trip to Philadelphia.