Joel Embiid controlled the game with his all-around performance. Tobias Harris was efficient. Ben Simmons was solid. And Philadelphia’s bench was outstanding.
The Philadelphia 76ers were focused and methodical in their 127-111 takedown of the Atlanta Hawks in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.
The Sixers made the difficult — winning a playoff game on the road — look easy as they grabbed a 2-1 series lead and regained home-court advantage.
Game 4 is Monday in Atlanta (7:30 p.m. ET, TNT).
Embiid, who is playing with a small lateral meniscus tear in his right knee, scored 27 points, grabbed nine rebounds and delivered eight assists. He also made a living at the foul line, shooting 12-for-16 on free throws.
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"He’s playing hard. He’s giving us everything he's got," Sixers coach Doc Rivers said. "What he’s doing has been incredible. He’s going through a lot, I’ll tell you that, and it’s been great to watch."
In this series, Embiid averages 35.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 2.3 blocks and 1.3 steals.
Harris had 22 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Simmons added 18 points and seven assists. Furkan Korkmaz had 14 points and Seth Curry had 12.
Rivers was impressed with Simmons, who also has taken the lead role in defending Atlanta's Trae Young the past two games.
"It’s exhausting when you think about what we’re asking Ben to do," Rivers said. "Follow Trae Young around and push the ball up the floor and with pace."
The Sixers’ bench also outscored Atlanta’s 48-32.
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