After a first quarter led by the Hawks in control of the game (31-20), the 76ers will flip the script in the next three quarters. Three men essentially contributed to the Sixers’s success : Nerlens Noel with 11 points, 17 rebounds and 5 steals, Hollis Thompson who had 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists, and Luc Mbah a Moute, tying the highest scoring mark with 19 points, 3 rebonds, 1 assist and 1 steal.
It’s really in the second quarter that the 76ers will reverse the game. They’re closing out the gap by winning 27-22 and coming back 6 points behind the Hawks 47-53 at the half.
In the beginning of the third, Philadelphia makes a 8-0 run, while the Hawks miss their first 7 shots, to take the lead with 55-53. The two teams go then pound for pound switching up back and forth on the scoring mark lead. But the Sixers will end this third quarter with a small advance 72-69 after outscoring the Hawks 25-16. In the last period, Mike Scott and Shelvin Mack hit their 3 point shots and the Hawks take the lead back with 75-72. The Sixers won’t give anything up and deliver a first class performance defensively as well as in the intensity they put. Hollis Thompson ties the game up with a triple (79-79), then Isaiah Canaan (12 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists) followed by Nerlens Noel will put the 76ers back ahead 87-83. The Hawks lack precision in their shots as they did all game long (30/77) and Philadelphia takes advantage of it. Luc Mbah a Moute’s big time 3-pointer with 1’05 min left buries the Hawks and allows the 76ers to win the contest (91-84).
— Luc Mbah a Moute (@mbahamoute) 8 Mars 2015