PHILADELPHIA — Trae Younger and the Hawks are taking their beautiful turnaround to the Jap Convention finals.
Younger made a late 3-pointer and scored 21 factors to assist Atlanta win for the third time within the sequence in Philadelphia, a 103-96 victory over the top-seeded 76ers on Sunday evening in Recreation 7.
Sixers followers let the house staff have it and booed them off the courtroom and had been reprimanded by the general public handle announcer for throwing trash on the courtroom.
The Hawks will open their first East finals since 2015 in opposition to the Bucks on Wednesday evening in Milwaukee.
Atlanta had been 0-9 in Video games 7s on the highway.
However the Hawks ignored their ignominious historical past and bought one in Philly, the place they already gained in Recreation 1 and Recreation 5 and knocked out Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and closed the ebook on the Course of.
Not so deep down, not even the Hawks might have seen this coming, particularly in March after they had been 14-20, eleventh within the Jap Convention and fired coach Lloyd Pierce.
Beneath coach Nate McMillan, the Hawks was birds of prey and Younger led a cost into the postseason for the primary time since 2017 that stored rolling with a first-round win over New York.
Embiid, the NBA MVP runner-up, Simmons and a high-priced solid of stars had been supposed to place the upstart Hawks of their place. It by no means occurred.
Younger shook off an in any other case off evening from the ground and stored taking pictures till he hit that 3 for a 93-87 lead with 2:31 left within the recreation.
Kevin Huerter, who led the Hawks with 27 factors, sealed the win with three free throws and the packed home of 18,624 fell as silent because it was when the season opened with none followers.
Embiid scored 31 factors.
This marked solely the second 12 months since 1973 — when the NBA started seeding for the playoffs by convention — when neither No. 1 seed will make the convention finals. West No. 1 seed Utah was eradicated by the Clippers.