Two conference semi-finals cautiously poised at 2-1 were slated to tip-off. By the end of the evening, both of the series became evenly poised at 2-2 as Atlanta Hawks and Los Angeles Clippers staged memorable wins.
NBA Playoffs Second Round
Hawks 103-100 76ers
The Atlanta Hawks began the crucial encounter on the right note and went 10-4 up early on. But the number one seed went ahead with a stellar 65-2 run during the middle phase of the quarter.
Missed free throws, three pointers, and alley oops were all on display as even Trae Young struggled to register a point all quarter from five field goal attempts and two free throws.
The young guard made his way to the bench towards the end of the quarter with a wrap being put on his shoulder.
The Hawks managed to make it a 3-point game, but were once again let down by a commanding 17-3 run by the 76ers. As a result, they headed into the half-time break with a 13-point deficit.
The hosts managed to cut down the lead to just 2 points heading into the final quarter courtesy of a staggering third quarter. Following 0 points in the first quarter, Trae Young came back strongly to stake a claim in the contest with John Collins and Bogdanovic doing their bits as well.
Joel Embiid failed to find rhythm on the court and the scoring responsibility was majorly carried out by Seth Curry and Tobias Harris.
The 76ers missed their final shot of the game as the hosts hung on to a slender 3-point win to complete a remarkable turnaround and level the series 2-2.
Trae Young notched a playoffs career high 18 assists and also led in scoring by posting 25 points.
Clippers 118-104 Jazz
Much like their first round against Dallas Mavericks, the Los Angeles Clippers have managed to turn around a 2-0 deficit to level the series.
The Clippers marched their way to a dominant win over the number one seed Utah Jazz. They made their intentions clear with a supreme first-quarter lead of 18 points as the visitors could only post 13 points.
Kawhi Leonard and Paul George teamed up once again and are having a postseason to remember so far on a personal note. The duo scored 31 points apiece for the win.
Arguably, one of the best players in the postseason so far, Donovan Mitchell top scored with 37 points, but his efforts ended in vain.