Hawks head coach Nate McMillan said he expected the Sixers to come out with the same energy at the start of Game 2.
McMillan’s suspicions were spot on. As Sixers head coach Doc Rivers left his starting lineup on the floor for a good portion of the first quarter, the Sixers got off to a hot start as they outscored the Hawks 33-20.
Tobias Harris, who checked in for exactly eight minutes, led the charge as he shot 8-for-9 from the field, totaling for 16 points. Although the Sixers got the first punch in at the beginning of the game, it wasn’t a knockout as the Hawks fought back. As the Sixers were desperate for a spark off the bench late in Tuesday’s game, the third-year guard came in and silenced his critics in the second half of Game 2.
Shooting 5-for-8 from the field, Milton collected 14 points off the bench for the Sixers in 14 minutes.