ATLANTA (AP) — Trae Young tried to reassure Atlanta coach Nate McMillan after it became clear the Hawks point guard was hiding a sore shoulder.
McMillan had no complaints after Young lifted the Hawks to a crucial win over top-seeded Philadelphia.
Young overcame a cold start to score 25 points, including a floater that gave Atlanta the lead with 1:17 remaining, and the Hawks rallied to beat the 76ers 103-100 on Monday night, tying the Eastern Conference semifinal at 2-2.
Young’s right shoulder was taped, which McMillan saw for the first time when the point guard took off his warmups before the game.
Young missed his first five shots from the field and had his right shoulder wrapped with a heating pad when he sat on the bench early in the second quarter.
“When he took off his warmup, it was the first I saw that,” McMillan said. “Obviously there’s something going on with his shoulder but he hasn’t complained. He was missing some shots that he normally makes … but he stayed with it. He’s a tough kid.”
Young’s frustration showed when he complained after being called for a foul on Embiid in the second quarter, leading to a technical.
Embiid made a 3 after his time in the locker room. But he finished 4 of 20 from the floor — hardly the production the Sixers need from their star, who shot 51.3% in the regular season.
Ben Simmons was called for a flagrant-one foul after he hit Collins to stop Collins’ attempt for a breakaway jam with 3:24 remaining in the third.
76ers: Harris has scored at least 20 points in seven consecutive playoff games. … Embiid’s nine first-quarter rebounds are the most for a 76ers player in any quarter of a playoff game since the 1996-97 season. … Furkan Korkmaz had 10 points as Rivers’ choice to replace starting guard Danny Green (strained right calf).
Hawks: Committed only four turnovers. … Clint Capela had 12 points and 13 rebounds while leading the defensive effort on Embiid.
STAND AROUND AND WATCH
Rivers said the Sixers abandoned their game plan in the second half. “We stopped passing,” Rivers said. “We went back to hero basketball.”
McMillan tweaked his lineup, moving Kevin Huerter off the bench to replace Solomon Hill at small forward.
“I like what Kevin did and brought to the floor, having three ballhandlers on the floor and able to space the floor,” McMillan said.
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