The Philadelphia 76ers trounced the Atlanta Hawks 118-102 in Game 2 of their NBA Playoffs semifinals series on Tuesday.
Joel Embiid had a masterful performance with 40 points and 13 rebounds, dominating his matchup with defensive center Clint Capela.
Embiid, perhaps incensed that he didn’t win the 2021 MVP Award that went to the Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic, had an all-time great night. According to Stat Muse, this was the first 40-10 “playoff game by a Sixer since Billy Cunningham in 1970.”
To support Embiid, Tobias Harris added 22 points, while Seth Curry scored 21.
The Atlanta Hawks couldn’t get Trae Young going as he struggled from the field with a 6-of-16 night to finish with 21 points and 11 assists. Kevin Huerter and Danilo Gallinari had 21 and 20 points, respectively.
With Embiid playing at a high level, the Philadelphia 76ers have now tied the series 1-1 heading into Game 3 in Atlanta.
The Atlanta Hawks will try to recover from this drubbing by getting inspiration from their home crowd on Friday.