PHILADELPHIA Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris each scored 18 points to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 126-104 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.
It looked as if the Hawks got the message, as they scored 13 of the first 15 points to take an early 11-point lead. But the 76ers outscored Atlanta 21-13 over the final 7:21 to pull within 26-23 after one. Philadelphia made 15 of 28 shots in the quarter, while Atlanta missed 14 of 19.
Embiid’s 3 from the top of the key on an assist from Simmons early in the third put the 76ers on the blowout path, giving them a 72-48 lead and well on their way to another easy win over Atlanta. In home wins over Oklahoma City and the last two over Atlanta, the 76ers’ point guard has averaged 12.7 points, five assists and 4.3 rebounds in 22 minutes per contest while shooting 78.2% from the field.