Sixers run away from Hawks in Game 2 to even series behind Joel Embiid’s playoff career-high

The Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia 76ers started Game 2 on Tuesday the way they ended Game 1 — with the Hawks flailing and the 76ers surging.

Then, a portion of Game 2 mirrored the start of Game 1 — with Atlanta thumping Philadelphia.

There were similarities and differences in the two games, but the main difference was the outcome. The Sixers evened the Eastern Conference semifinal series with a 118-102 victory over Atlanta, pulling away late in the third quarter through the fourth.

Philadelphia’s All-Star center Joel Embiid — playing with a small lateral meniscus tear in his right knee — dominated with a playoff-career high 40 points and 13 rebounds. Tobias Harris added 22 points, six rebounds and four assists, Seth Curry had 21 points, and the Sixers received much-needed scoring from their bench and improved defense in the second half.

Joel Embiid reaches an #NBAPlayoffs career-high 40 points late in the @sixers game 2 win! #HereTheyCome

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The Hawks’ reserves torched the 76ers through 2½ quarters, outscoring them 37-0. Then, Philadelphia’s Shake Milton entered the game with 2:46 left in the third quarter just before Atlanta’s took its first lead of the game at 80-79.

Milton, who played just 38 seconds in Game 1, quickly followed with a 3-pointer, and the Sixers never trailed again. He made a 3 at the end of the third and finished with 14 points in 14 minutes.

"He prepared himself, and he believed he would get another shot and he got it,” Sixers coach Doc Rivers said. "

George Hill and Dwight Howard made important baskets, and Matisse Thybulle’s defense helped hold the Hawks to just 18 points in the fourth quarter.

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