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Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons Lead 76ers to Game 3 Win over Trae Young, Hawks

Philly Wins The Philadelphia 76ers took a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference second-round playoff series after taking down the host Atlanta Hawks...
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The Philadelphia 76ers took a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference second-round playoff series after taking down the host Atlanta Hawks 127-111 on Friday in State Farm Arena. 

Philadelphia center Joel Embiid's 27 points guided six 76ers in double digits. He and Ben Simmons each posted 11 points in a third quarter that featured Philadelphia outscoring Atlanta 34-19 en route to a 95-75 lead going into the final 12 minutes.

The 76ers, who shot 58.2 percent from the field, never led by fewer than 13 in the fourth quarter.

Trae Young's 28 points paced the Hawks. John Collins added 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting. Atlanta struggled shooting from deep, however, hitting just 6-of-23 three-point shots.

The 76ers are now two wins away from their first Eastern Conference Finals appearance since 2001.

      

Notable Performances

76ers C Joel Embiid: 27 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists

76ers PF Tobias Harris: 22 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists

76ers PG Ben Simmons: 18 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds

Hawks PG Trae Young: 28 points, 8 assists, 2 steals

Hawks PF John Collins: 23 points, 7 rebounds

Hawks C Clint Capela: 8 points, 16 rebounds, 2 steals

    

Simmons' Fantastic 3rd Quarter Puts Game Away

Simmons started the second half on fire, as Rich Hofmann of The Athletic noted:

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That's an incredible 5+ minutes from Ben Simmons to start the second half.

    

He had 11 points and three assists in the first eight minutes and played excellent defense too.

Simmons snuck behind Hawks forward Solomon Hill for this alley-oop layup:

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The Aussie Oop. pic.twitter.com/eQXxdkOjpr

On the 76ers' next possession, Simmons found shooting guard Seth Curry with a cross-court pass, and he responded with a corner three to kickstart an 11-0 run:

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.@sdotcurry doing @sdotcurry things.

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