Joel Embiid came back from a knee injury to play, but the Philadelphia 76ers couldn’t come back from a 26-point deficit against the visiting Atlanta Hawks, losing Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinals series 128-124 on Sunday.
Playing for the first time in six days since suffering a meniscus tear in his right knee in Game 4 of Philadelphia’s first-round series with the Washington Wizards, Embiid led all scorers with 39 points on 12-for-21 shooting and added nine rebounds, four assists and three blocks. “
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The Hawks, led by Trae Young’s 35 points, had everything going for them early. The first time he did it, on Jan. 30, 2020, also was against Philadelphia, according to research by ESPN Stats.