The Bucks appeared to have this 12 months’s award for “Largest Playoff Fiasco” locked up after constructing a double-digit lead however nonetheless dropping to an injury-plagued Nets group on Tuesday evening. Properly, it seems Milwaukee could not have suffered essentially the most embarrassing lack of the final 48 hours.
Regardless of main Wednesday’s Recreation 5 by as many as 26 factors, the 76ers nonetheless fell to the Hawks 109-106, marking the third-largest blown lead in a playoff recreation during the last 25 seasons, per ESPN Stats and Information.
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“It is on us. It is on all of us,” Sixers coach Doc Rivers advised reporters after the loss. “It is on me. It is on the gamers, and we have now to determine the right way to get again up, which we’ll — and convey this recreation again right here for Recreation 7.”
So, uh, how the hell did this occur? Let’s break down this beautiful collapse by the numbers:
With two minutes left within the third quarter, Joel Embiid hit a midrange jumper to place the Sixers forward 85-61. At that time, Philadelphia had a 99.7 % probability to win Recreation 5 and take a 3-2 sequence lead, in response to ESPN’s win likelihood mannequin.
The 76ers additionally had a 97.5 probability to win with lower than 5 minutes to go, however the Hawks simply stored charging — and the Sixers did not do a lot to cease them.
The Hawks matched their first-half level complete within the fourth quarter alone, outscoring the 76ers 40-19 within the remaining body. Atlanta shot 16 of twenty-two from the sphere (72.7 %), whereas Philly went simply 5 of 17 (29.4 %).
Trae Younger and Lou Williams each got here up huge down the stretch, with every guard scoring 13 factors and shelling out two assists within the fourth quarter.
Talking of Williams, how concerning the three-time Sixth Man of the Yr award winner sparking the comeback?
When Williams subbed into the sport with lower than 5 minutes remaining within the third quarter, the Hawks trailed 75-54. Williams’ entry appeared to mark a turning level, as Atlanta rattled off a 55-31 run from then on. He scored all 15 of his factors within the second half, capturing 7 of 11 from the sphere general and ending a ridiculous plus-31 in 23 minutes.
Sure, in a recreation that his group gained by three factors, Williams was PLUS-31.
Maybe essentially the most telling stat of all: the 76ers shot 12 of 32 within the second half (37.5 %), which is unhealthy sufficient by itself. However then there’s the truth that solely two Sixers gamers accounted for all of these discipline targets.
Embiid and Curry mixed to go 12 of 21 over the ultimate 24 minutes. The remainder of the group? A gross 0 of 11, together with only one discipline purpose try from three-time All-Star Ben Simmons.
This loss has to harm for the Sixers not solely due to the apparent failure to shut the door on the Hawks, but additionally as a result of they wasted nice performances from Embiid (37 factors, 13 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 blocks, two steals) and Curry (36 factors, 13 of 19 from the sphere, 7 of 12 on 3-pointers).
Any means you take a look at it, Recreation 5 was a catastrophe for Philadelphia.