The Atlanta Hawks’ Trae Young carried his team to a victory over the Philadelphia Sixers with a heavily wrapped shooting shoulder. The night had started badly for Young as he had not managed to make any of his 5 attempts from play count.
The Sixers Had Almost Won
Trae did not let the disappointing start linger. He got his trainers to wrap up his shoulder when the starting quarter ended. Soon after, Bogdan Bogdanovic, his mate on the backcourt, exited the game with a limp. The Sixers had extended their lead in the first half to eighteen points. The Hawks were seemingly done for. A second consecutive loss at home was all but written in the cards.
But the Eastern semi-final did not go that way. John Collins, the forward for the Hawks, ignited a surge in the second half. It was then completed by the offensive brilliance of Young. The final score read 103-100 in favor of the Hawks. The series is now tied with two games apiece. The Sixers will play the fifth game on Wednesday.
Young was involved in the final 15 points of Atlanta in some way or another. He ended the match with a score of 25 points. The Sixers were leading 98-94 as a little under 3 minutes were left on the clock. But their defense was single-handedly drawn by Young. He then passed to Collins who found the basket for 3 points.
Embiid and Curry almost took the game into overtime. But the final 3-pointer from Curry bounced off the rim as the buzzer blew. Doc River, the coach of the Sixers, criticized his team for not passing enough. He said that no one played for the team in the fourth game, which was especially bad because the Hawks were working more than them.