By: Kylan Watson
The Philadelphia 76ers were riding high after destroying the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night. They were looking to do the same thing to the depleted Atlanta Hawks. In the first of a two-game series between the teams. Philly used another hot shooting night and strong perimeter defense to cook the Hawks 127-83.
Philly jumped on the Hawks from opening tipoff. They were able to hit their shots from the perimeter. This opened up the floor for them as it didn’t matter if there was a hand in their face or the shots were wide-open. By half-time they hit 43% from the three-point line. Seth Curry was responsible for the great shooting from three. He scored 15 of his 20-points by half-time. He hit four three-pointers from the field. If Curry continues to have strong shooting nights from the field he can open up even more spacing for Simmons, Embiid, and Harris.
The Hawks did the best they could but they were missing Trae Young (missed the game because of a Grade-2 ankle sprain). He bears the bulk of the scoring load for them. Without him in the game Philly was able to put the squeeze on the Hawks shooters. They got nothing easy from the field. Every shot was contested. Philly suffocated Atlanta they only shot 32.9% from the field. For the Hawks they will need to watch the tape and try to improve as they play each other again on Friday night.
With the win Philly now clinches a playoff spot and is still vying with the Brooklyn Nets for the number one seed in the Eastern Conference. Philly will need to keep on winning if they want to ensure they get homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. They get another crack at Atlanta on Friday.
The Sixers have their eyes on bigger things than just the playoffs, “It’s Philadelphia basketball. Greatness is something that is expected,” said Sixers forward Tobias Harris.