The Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Atlanta Hawks 125-114 on Friday night, despite a valiant effort from the short-handed Hawks. Atlanta was missing star point guard Trae Young due to an illness, giving other players more opportunities to shine.
Bogdan Bogdanovic took advantage of the increased scoring opportunities, finishing with 20 points and nine rebounds. However, his shooting efficiency wasn't ideal, making only 3 out of 11 three-point attempts. Dejounte Murray also contributed 20 points, while Deandre Hunter led the team with 24.
Sadik Bey added 16 points and eight rebounds, and Clint Capela chipped in with a 15-point, 16-rebound double-double. For Philadelphia, Joel Embiid dominated with a game-high 38 points and 14 rebounds. Tyrese Maxey provided crucial support with 30 points and seven assists.
This dynamic duo carried the Sixers in the final five minutes, leading a 15-0 run that sealed the victory. Despite the absence of Young, the Hawks put up a strong fight and even took the lead on several occasions. However, they couldn't match the offensive firepower of Embiid and Maxey in the clutch.
With this win, the Sixers improve their record to 14-7, placing them fourth in the Eastern Conference. The Hawks, on the other hand, fell to 9-12 and remained 10th in the conference. The Hawks will now return to Atlanta and prepare for their next challenge, a home game against the Denver Nuggets.
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The Boston Celtics defeated the New York Knicks with a score of 133:123 and thus remained undefeated at home this season. Derek White led the way with 30 points, followed by Jayson Tatum with 25 and Kristaps Porzingis with 21.
For the Knicks, ARJ Barrett and Jaylen Branson scored 23 points each. Orlando Magic beat Detroit 123:91. The Pistons haven't won since October. The young team of the Pistons is by no means starting to play properly, and if they continue like this, they will break the negative record of consecutive defeats in one NBA league.
Until the victory, Orlando was led by Franz Wagner with 27 points and Paolo Bankero with 24. For the Pistons, Cade Cunningham scored 21 points, and Bojan Bogdanovic scored 9 (4-10 from the field).