Hawks rally to beat 76ers; Top Jazz without Kawhi Clippers


Atlanta Hawks’ Trae Young (11) tries a shot against Philadelphia 76ers Joel Embiid (21), Matisse Thybulle (22) and Seth Curry (31) in the second half of Game 5 in a playoff series second round NBA basketball tournament, Wednesday, June 16, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo / Matt Slocum)


Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks pulled off a playoff comeback against the Philadelphia 76ers to come close to a victory in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Young was fouled by a 3-point pointer and made all three free throws with 1:26 left to cap a 26-point comeback and send Atlanta on course for a 109-106 victory over the 76ers Wednesday night in Game 5.

The Hawks won in Philadelphia for the second time in the series and can advance to the conference finals for the first time since 2015 with a victory Friday night in Atlanta.

Young scored 39 points and made the playoffs where he became a star.

Joel Embiid scored 17 points in the first quarter and gave the Sixers a 26 point lead in the first half. They were still leading 87-69 at the end of the third before collapsing.

Embiid finished with 39 points and Seth Curry had 36.

CLIPS 119, JAZZ 111

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Paul George scored 37 points and picked up 16 rebounds to lead the Clippers to a win over Jazz in Game 5 of their Western Conference semi-final series.

Marcus Morris scored 25 points and Reggie Jackson added 22 for the Clippers. Los Angeles won its third straight game to push the seeded Jazz to the brink of elimination. The Clippers shot 51 percent from the field without Kawhi Leonard in the lineup.

Bojan Bogandovic scored 32 points – while making nine 3-pointers – to lead Utah. Donovan Mitchell added 21 points. Rudy Gobert had 17 points and 11 rebounds. Six players scored in double digits for the Jazz.

Utah and Los Angeles will play Game 6 in Los Angeles on Friday.

The Jazz trailed the entire fourth quarter after making just six baskets in the third quarter. Utah reduced the deficit to 100-97 when Mitchell converted a 3-point game with 5:46 remaining. Jackson responded with back-to-back baskets to stifle a jazz comeback. Utah couldn’t get any closer after this point.

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