The Philadelphia 76ers were not going to allow themselves to blow a lead for a third straight outing to the Atlanta Hawks. Especially after they had fought so hard to get back into Game 6 having gone behind 12 early on. Despite never really being able to pull away from their hosts, the East’s top seed were able to make sure they weren’t overtaken in a tense final quarter that saw very little offensive production take place.
The majority of it came from the free-throw line, in fact, as these games so often turn into a case of measuring the nerves. They also had to overcome another fine showing from Trae Young. The Atlanta youngster had 34 points and 12 assists in Game 6 as he continued to show poise that is well beyond his age and experience level. The Sixers, though, got a better overall team effort with four players scoring at least 16. Tobias Harris and Seth Curry each had 24 while Joel Embiid had 22 to go with 13 rebounds. Game 7 now heads back to Philly, and it will be quite interesting to see how it unfolds and if the process works or finally runs its course naturally.