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Defense lets Hawks down in Game 3 loss at home

The Atlanta Hawks returned to State Farm Arena on Friday night but could not return to winning ways as the Sixers took Game 3 and the 2-1 series lead with a 127-111 victory.

Joel Embiid led the Sixers with 27 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, Tobias Harris added 22 points. For the Hawks, Trae Young scored 28 points while John Collins added 23 points.

The Hawks responded well in the second quarter after the Sixers threatened to pull away in the first, the home side scoring at will in the second quarter, shooting 14-of-19 for 36 points to cut the Sixers’ lead to five points at the break, riding a wave of momentum.