The Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Atlanta Hawks Monday evening, 129-112. The Sixers improve to 36-22 on the season while the Hawks on the other hand fall to 17-42. Joel Embiid led the way for Philly, scoring a career-high 49 points to go along with 14 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 1 block.
Down a starter in Ben Simmons, Brett Brown had to tweak his starting lineup yet again. After being moved to the bench for the first time in his career (aside from a few games early in his rookie season), Al Horford was reinserted into the starting lineup against his former NBA club, joining Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris, Josh Richardson, and Shake Milton.
The Sixers found success early, jumping out to a 41-24 lead after the first 12 minutes of play and carried that 17-point lead into the intermission after an even-steven 2nd. But the Hawks refused to go quietly. Coming out of the half, Atlanta clawed their way back into the game with a 40-22 3rd quarter in their favor. A Trae Young triple just before the 3rd quarter’s final buzzer gave the Hawks the lead heading into the final frame. Their lead wouldn’t last very long though, as Joel Embiid converted an and-one on the Sixers’ first possession of the 4th quarter. The play re-energized the Sixers and their momentum would only build from there.
Philly went on to win thanks in large part to a dominant performance from their franchise star. Embiid was unstoppable, going 17 of 24 from the floor. He also got to the line for 15 free throws and sank all but one. Tobias Harris also stepped up for the short-handed Sixers, dropping 25 points on 18 shots. Finally, Shake Milton deserves credit for his performance. Milton collected 6 assists as he filled in as a part-time facilitator.
Next up for the Sixers is a road game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday at 7:00 pm.
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