This series is not done. The Hawks battled back from an 18-point first-half deficit to win Game 4, 103-100 to tie the series at 2-2.
After allowing 62 points in the first half, they clamped down on defence and outscored the 76ers by 16 in the second half by holding them to just 38 second-half points.
All five starters scored in double figures for Atlanta led by Trae Young's huge double-double of 25 points and 18 assists. On the other hand, Joel Embiid had a sub-par game by his standards. Despite pulling down a playoff career-high 21 rebounds, he only managed four points in the second half, finishing with 17 for the game.
Joel Embiid went 0-12 in the 2nd half. That's the most attempts in a half without a make over the last 25 postseasons. pic.twitter.com/MkJpGe8zK1- Kirk Goldsberry (@kirkgoldsberry) June 15, 2021
Here's a quick look at the key takeaways from Game 4:
Young's historic game
Young was setting up his teammates from the get-go. His performance is the first 20-point, 15-assist game in playoff franchise history and only the third player after Chris Paul and Isiah Thomas to achieve this before turning 23.
His 18 assists are a playoff career-high and tied for the most in his career overall.
Trae Young tonight:- StatMuse (@statmuse) June 15, 2021
18 AST (playoff career-high)
That's the most assists in a playoff game by a 25-point scorer since Tim Hardaway in 1991. pic.twitter.com/2unsqmaE5p
He scored the final six points, including four clutch free-throws to ice it and was responsible for every one of the Hawks 15 points after he subbed-in at the 8:00 minute mark of the fourth quarter.
Collins hustle & Embiid's struggles
Bogdan Bogdan was the game's highest scorer after Young with 22 but in the second half, John Collins' energy and play made a huge difference.
He scored 10 of his 14 in the second half with seven of those 10 coming in the third quarter when the Hawks outscored the 76ers 31-20.
JOHN COLLINS PUTBACK.- Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 15, 2021
He grabbed 12 rebounds, recorded a game-high plus-minus of +9 and knocked down his lone 3-pointer of the game in the final minutes
Not a bad way to get your ❄️18th❄️ assist, if you can get it. pic.twitter.com/Xk4KQ4wIIq- Bally Sports: Hawks (@HawksOnBally) June 15, 2021
While Collins' spectacular second half was a spark for the Hawks, it was a forgettable 18-minute second half for Embiid.
He went from scoring 13 in the first half on 4-of-8 shooting to just four in the second half with all of those coming from the free-throw line. Three of his four turnovers came in the second half as he went from recording a +16 in the first half to a net-zero for the game.
Joel Embiid shot 0-12 in the 2nd half.- StatMuse (@statmuse) June 15, 2021
The Sixers were outscored by 16 points with Embiid on the court in the 2nd half. pic.twitter.com/F1Na3qDbeu
Big 2nd quarter by Philadelphia
After the big run to end the first, the 76ers rode that momentum into a huge second quarter.
They outscored the Hawks 34-29, which included a 27-12 run that helped the 76ers hold their largest lead of the game of 18 (60-42).
Might need to clean off those goggles. 🧐 pic.twitter.com/IxNqm46Riu- Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) June 15, 2021
Embiid alone scored 11 of the 34, Simmons recorded four and a couple of assists while the duo of Curry and Harris combined for 11.
Young, Hawks start hot but 76ers respond big
In a 'must-win' game, the Hawks were sparked early by Trae Young. In the first 3:30 minutes of the game, he assisted on the team's first four buckets.
Let it fly. pic.twitter.com/yMpD962tSM- Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) June 14, 2021
Two alley-oops to Clint Capela and two dishes to Bogdan Bogdanovic for 3-pointers had the Hawks up 10-4 very early.
After the hot start, where the Hawks were supported by their loud crowd, the visiting 76ers responded by slowly but steadily taking over the game. In fact, for the rest of the first period, Philadelphia dominated by going on a 24-10 run which included a 15-2 spurt.
Backdoor was left wide open for @MatisseThybulle and he dunked right in. pic.twitter.com/ttMnIu5aJQ- Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) June 15, 2021
The visitors pulled off that run with Joel Embiid contributing just two points as Seth Curry poured in eight, Tobias Harris chipped in with six while Simmons dished out four assists.
This victory helps the Hawks tie up the series 2-2 and now make this Conference Semifinals a 'best-of-3' with Game 5 scheduled for Thursday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m. ET.
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