Doc Rivers hasn’t won a Game 7 in his last three chances, but he’ll look to change his recent misfortune as the 76ers take on the Hawks Sunday night.
Philadelphia staved off elimination in a 104-99 Game 6 win over Atlanta and now will return to the Wells Fargo Center in the hopes of polishing off Trae Young’s Hawks. Seth Curry and Tyrese Maxey were excellent in Philly’s last game, but the team will continue to rely heavily on Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris as they look to advance in Rivers’ first year as the 76ers coach.
Meanwhile, the Hawks have little to lose in this contest. Few expected Atlanta to make any sort of playoff run, let alone take the Sixers to a Game 7.
However, interim coach Nate McMillan organized an epic turnaround after taking over the team midway through the season. He went 27-11 in his 38 regular-season games as coach and led the 5-seed Hawks to a 4-1 series win over the Knicks.
McMillan is strongly preferred to return as Atlanta’s coach next season, but a win in Game 7 would bolster his chances of staying in charge of the Hawks. Or, it could become a valuable bargaining chip for him while negotiating his future salary.
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76ers vs. Hawks live updates, highlights from Game 7
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9:33 p.m. — Crazy but true: Neither team has led by more than five points at any time in this game. Just over halfway through the third, it’s tied at 60.
9:32 p.m. — Ben Simmons finishes a reverse alley-oop jam. He has four points, seven rebounds and 11 assists during the game.
9:31 p.m. — Trae Young finds Clint Capela again. That’s been Young’s best move on offense all night long.
9:30 p.m. — Joel Embiid drills a 3-point shot. He has 20 points and nine boards in this low-scoring game.
9:28 p.m. — Trae Young isn’t making shots, but he is giving Clint Capela opportunities near the rack. Capela converts another alley-oop. 54-53, Hawks.
9:25 p.m. — The Sixers scored the first five points of the second half and nearly had seven. However, Ben Simmons was called for an offensive foul that wiped out a bucket. He now has four fouls with almost all of the third quarter left to play.
9:17 p.m. — Each team picked up 13 fouls in the first half, so here’s the foul trouble to watch in the second half.
Ben Simmons: 3Tobias Harris: 2Seth Curry: 2Furkan Korkmaz: 2Tyrese Maxey: 2
Clint Capela: 2John Collins: 2Kevin Huerter: 2Lou Williams: 2Danilo Gallinari: 2
End of second quarter: Hawks 48, 76ers 46
9:07 p.m. — Trae Young is shooting one of 12 from the field and has just nine points, but the Hawks find themselves ahead at the half, 48-46. How are they doing it? They’re winning the turnover battle 10-4 and are hanging in this grind of a game as a result.
9:05 p.m. — Three first-half fouls for Ben Simmons. Another thing to watch for the Sixers, especially early in the third quarter.
9:04 p.m. — Joel Embiid was grabbing at his leg after hitting the floor. He’s on the court and playing, but he is dealing with a small tear in his right meniscus (knee). Something to watch in the second half.
9:00 p.m. — Seth Curry and Kevin Huerter are going back and forth with 3-point makes. They’re both playing well tonight.
8:55 p.m. — After taking a hard foul, Trae Young stays down and does some push-ups. He is amped up.
8:53 p.m. — Trae Young bounces back from his technical and finds Clint Capela who puts down an easy dunk.
8:50 p.m. — Trae Young has picked up a technical foul. He believed he was fouled by Ben Simmons before he called timeout. The officials originally called it but rescinded it. That’s Young’s third technical foul of the series.
8:48 p.m. — Joel Embiid throws down a monster dunk that brought the Wells Fargo Center to life. What a play.
8:46 p.m. — Ben Simmons and George Hill combine for a nice little and-one opportunity.
8:45 p.m. — Trae Young ends his cold stretch with a 3-point make. He now has seven points on one of seven shooting.
8:43 p.m. — Kevin Huerter missed his first shot of the game. He’s now four of five from the field with nine points.
8:40 p.m. — The Hawks had no turnovers in the first quarter. It took them over 14 minutes of game action to commit one. That’s one of the main reasons they’re leading in spite of Trae Young’s early shooting struggles.
8:38 p.m. — After Danilo Gallinari makes back-to-back 3-point shots, every Hawk to shoot so far has made at least one basket… except for Trae Young. Despite that, the Hawks lead by five.
8:34 p.m. — Nate McMillan’s takeaways from the first quarter: He likes how the Hawks offense is operating but wants them to allow fewer free throws. Sounds about right.
8:32 p.m. — The Hawks and Sixers each have a player with two fouls. Seth Curry has two for Philly while Clint Capela picked up his second at the end of the first quarter. Capela is key in the battle against Joel Embiid, so the Hawks will keep a close eye on him.
End of first quarter: 76ers 28, Hawks 25
8:29 p.m. — Trae Young hasn’t made shots in the first quarter — he’s 0-6 from the floor — but he has four points at the free throw line. Still, the Hawks will need more from him to win this one. They’re lucky to be down just 28-25 after one quarter. Also, Joel Embiid made a great shot to end the quarter.
8:27 p.m. — Lou Williams’ first shot is a make, but it took a while before it decided to go down.
8:25 p.m. — Matisse Thybulle makes his first 3-point shot. He didn’t score in Game 6.
8:18 p.m. — Kevin Huerter has made his first four shots and has nine points. His contributions are vital with Trae Young missing his first four shots.
8:17 p.m. — Seth Curry picks up his second foul about halfway through the first quarter. He has averaged 30 points over his last two games, so this is a big development for the 76ers.
8:14 p.m. — Joel Embiid just hit a tough shot falling away from the basket. That gives the 76ers their first lead of the game, 15-13 going into the first commercial break.
8:10 p.m. — The Hawks are making some nice passes off the bat. Trae Young finds Clint Capela for an alley-oop.
8:08 p.m. — Joel Embiid has the first six points for the 76ers. Kevin Huerter has five of the first seven for the Hawks.
8:07 p.m. — Last night, Charles Barkley guaranteed the Bucks would beat the Nets. He was right. Tonight, he is on the Sixers.
8:03 p.m. — 76ers win the tipoff. Furkan Korkmaz misses the first shot of the game. John Collins starts the scoring with a two-point bucket for the Hawks.
7:55 p.m. — Shaq wants Ben Simmons to be aggressive in this one and not worry about the free throw issues he has been having.
7:50 p.m. — No surprises with the Hawks starting lineup either. Trae Young, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Kevin Huerter, John Collins and Clint Capela will begin the game for Atlanta.
7:37 p.m. — The Sixers’ starting five is in. It’s the same as Game 6: Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Furkan Korkmaz, Tobias Harris and Joel Embiid.
7:30 p.m. — Joel Embiid and the Sixers are getting in some pregame work.
7:25 p.m. — Who wore it better, Ben Simmons or Joel Embiid?
76ers vs. Hawks start time
Time: 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PTTV channel: TNTLive stream: Watch TNT
Game 7 between the 76ers and Hawks is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 20. It will be televised nationally on TNT.
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