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Hawks even series with crucial 103-100 Game 4 win over Sixers

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NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Atlanta Hawks Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Hawks entered Monday evening down 2-1 in their second round series vs. the Philadelphia 76ers, in what was close to a must win game for the home team in Game 4. The Hawks were able to get the win by a score of 103-100 in what was a crucial win for Atlanta’s continued postseason hopes.

It was not a pretty opening quarter for the Hawks, who shot just 7-of-28 from the floor for the quarter and 2-of-10 from three-point range. Atlanta players not named Bogdan Bogdanovic were 3-of-21 overall for the period and 0-of-8 from deep.

The 76ers continued to be physical inside with the Hawks, scoring 16 points in the paint in the opening period. Joel Embiid had just two first-quarter points, however, as it was a balanced attack putting Atlanta in a hole for the second straight game.

Trae Young struggled early, failing to score in the first quarter. He appeared to be wearing some tape on his right shoulder that wasn’t there previously, and was icing the shoulder when he was on the bench. He got going however in the second, scoring eight points (including two three-pointers) and finished the first half with nine assists as well.

The second quarter was however not very kind to Atlanta. They trailed by as many as 17 points, and were lucky to get the score back to 62-49 by the break. A pair of big buckets by Kevin Huerter helped bring the deficit back to 13 just before half.

Bogdanovic lead the Hawks with 12 first-half points, while Tobias Harris led the Sixers with 14 points. Embiid had 13 points and 10 rebounds at the break.

After a quiet first half, John Collins was all over the place in the third quarter for the Hawks. He had seven points and five rebounds in the quarter, and had a few loud jams.

Atlanta gave themselves a chance with a strong third, outscoring the Sixers 31-20 in the period and cutting the deficit to just two points heading to the fourth. Philadelphia led just 82-80 after leading by as many as 17 in the second.

Young was dazzling as well in the quarter, posting nine points and six assists in 12 third-quarter minutes.

The fourth quarter was back-and-forth affair to start, with the score all tied at 92 with 5:45 remaining in the quarter. The Hawks took a 94-92 lead off a lob from Young to Clint Capela with 5:15 remaining.

The Sixers experienced a five-plus minute scoring drought, yet the Hawks were not able to take full advantage, as they still trailed 95-94 with 3:23 remaining after a pair of Embiid free throws.

The Sixers lead 98-94 after a three from Furkan Korkmaz, but a 7-0 run from the Hawks left them ahead 101-98 with 49.6 to go.

The Hawks were able to hold on from there after a couple of free throws from Young, and huge stops on the defensive end, evening the series at 2-2.

Young led the Hawks with 25 points and 18 assists in the win. Bogdanovic had some huge buckets throughout, scoring 22 points to go with five rebounds. Huerter finished with 10 points, while Collins added 14 of his own to go with 12 rebounds.

Harris (20 points) and Curry (17 points) provided a nice scoring punch for the Sixers with the Hawks throwing multiple bodies at Embiid, as the big man struggled in the second half. He had just 17 points and only four in the second half.

The Hawks will be back in action looking for a series lead on Wednesday from Philadelphia.

Stay tuned.