With 2:10 left in the third quarter Wednesday, the Philadelphia 76ers were up 24 points on the Atlanta Hawks. The Sixers had a 99.7% chance to win the pivotal Game 5 in the Eastern Conference semifinal series, per ESPN Stats & Information research. And then the Hawks hawked their opponent down.
Atlanta outscored Philadelphia 40-19 in the final frame, including erasing a 14-point deficit with just six minutes remaining to complete the 109-106 comeback victory Wednesday night. Trae Young, who scored 25 of his game-high 39 points in the win, put the Hawks up for good late by drawing a 3-point shooting foul on Matisse Thybulle and making all three free throws.
In a dreadful second half, the Sixers were simply unable to score. Joel Embiid and Seth Curry were the only Sixers to make a field goal in the last two quarters (38 points combined), as the rest of the team shot 0-for-11 from the field for just six points.
As the meltdown occurred, the NBA world took to Twitter to share their views on Philly's struggles and Atlanta's perseverance.
The 76ers had a 97.5% chance of winning Game 5 with 4:23 remaining.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 17, 2021
Then, this happened 😳⤵️ pic.twitter.com/LXYUEjtpxi
👀 game of runs lol— Ja Morant (@JaMorant) June 17, 2021
June 17, 2021
Yo you see Brooklyns comeback? 🔥 Atl: Hold my beer 🍺— Terrence Ross (@TerrenceRoss) June 17, 2021
Im chilling tonight. Long day but wow. I went to eat dinner and came back surprised. What happen ? Serious question bc I missed the entire half until 5 mins ago— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) June 17, 2021
I ain't even gon lie, I started watching Cruella 🤣🤣 https://t.co/pVqw11FJj5— Baze (@24Bazemore) June 17, 2021
MLK Jerseys 🤝 Game 6— De'Andre Hunter (@DreHunter) June 17, 2021