Hawks star Trae Young caps off historic half vs Sixers with Stephen Curry 3-pointer
The Atlanta Hawks and Trae Young beat the New York Knicks in five games and earned a matchup with the top-seeded Philadelphia 76ers. Well, the Hawks came out in Game 1 against Philly and absolutely punched them in the mouth with a historic first half.
The Hawks scored a franchise playoff high for any half (74) while making 13 three's, a team mark for three-pointers made in a playoff half (previously 10 three times).
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) June 6, 2021
The Hawks just wouldn’t miss and headed into the locker rooms at the half with a 74-54 lead, led of course by Trae Young. The former Oklahoma point guard nailed a deep three to end the half, something that has become the norm for him in seemingly every game.
The Sixers got some good news before the game as it was announced that MVP candidate Joel Embiid would play and start Game 1 after suffering an injury against the Washington Wizards in the previous series. However, it didn’t matter to the Hawks, who shot a blistering 63 percent from the field and drained 13 three-pointers in an insanely efficient first half.
Young led the way- to no surprise- and dropped 25 points on 8-13 from the field as the Hawks shocked the world and left the Philly fans stunned at the halfway mark of Game 1.
Embiid had 17 in the first half, but the Sixers had absolutely no answer for Young, and the Hawks at one point sprinted out to a 17-0 run to take a commanding 26-point lead. Bogdan Bogdanovic capped off the marvelous run with a huge shot.
Bogdanovic caps off a 17-0 run for the Hawks 🤯pic.twitter.com/jJFBSWp1sf
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The Hawks beat the Knicks in five games and are looking to make a point and show the world and the league that they are for real against the Sixers, who finished with the best record in the Eastern Conference. If the Hawks and Trae Young can continue to shoot at this high clip, it will be a ton of trouble for the Sixers going forward in the series, especially with a hobbled Joel Embiid.