Atalanta Hawks edged past Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday to clinch the Eastern Conference semifinals Game 5 109-106. Hawk’s stunning comeback has stunned the basketball fans.
After the game, the elated Hawks coach Nate McMillan remarked: ”If you don’t believe, you got to believe now. We knew what we had to do and we had to do it in a hurry. No quit.”
”We found a hot hand in Lou and found a rotation that works and stayed with it. ‘They showed their true character.”
Winning the fifth encounter against 76ers 3-2 final leads McMillan’s unit to the next round of the playoffs.
The 22-year-old took the court by storm as he netted a staggering 39 points to add to a postseason where he has become a breakout star.
Trae Young was undoubtedly the best performer of the night. Once the game was done and dusted, he ran off the court to approach the Hawks fans and celebrate the memorable victory.
The players thanked their supporters who were rewarded with a comeback victory for the ages.
”I was just showing love to the ATL fans that showed up… and we’re going to need them to show up Friday for us,” Young said. ”We keep fighting no matter what the score is. I’m proud of this team. We have confidence in each other.”
The Number #11 sensation did not leave any stone unturned as he was fouled on a 3-pointer and hit all three free throws with 1:26 left to cap a 26-point rally. This helped the side reach 109 points against the sixers’ 106 and claim victory on Wednesday night.
Speaking about the 22-year-old performance, Lou Williams said: ”It’ll be one of those things where I’ll look back when he’s a Hall of Famer, he’s an established superstar in this league and I can say I was part of that process and I worked with this gentleman.”
This was the second time in the series when Atalanta triumphed in Philadelphia and can advance to the conference final for the first time since 2015 with a victory Friday night in Atlanta.
On the flip side, Sixers’ Joel Embiid notched 17 points in an 8-for-8 first quarter. He apparently had Philadelphia on their way up with a 26-point lead in the first half. At the end of the third quarter, Sixers led 87-69 before they dramatically nosedived.
Philly guard Ben Simmons feels they lost the game due to their careless attitude. ”We got too comfortable. We didn’t play the way we should be playing,” Simmons said.
Ben Simmons’ free-throw woes
There was no surprise that Ben Simmons was evidently struggling to dunk the ball from three throws. He called it “mental”.
This is what Philadelphia 76ers coach Doc Rivers had to speak about his free-throw woes.
”When Ben makes them, we get to leave him in. When he doesn’t, we can’t. That’s just the way it is. We’ll be back here for game 7. I believe that.”