- The Philadelphia 76ers blew a 26-point lead in Game 5 and lost 109-106.
- With the loss, the Sixers now trail the Hawks 3-2 with Game 6 set to be played in Atlanta.
- The Sixers are 2.5 point favorites in Game 6 but the Hawks are now the -170 betting favorites to win the series.
The Philadelphia 76ers suffered one of the biggest collapses ever seen in the NBA playoffs. Now they find themselves down 3-2 in the series with Game 6 to be played in Atlanta.
Game 6: Friday at 7:30pm/et on ESPN pic.twitter.com/SNtv0iaWMr
— NBA (@NBA) June 17, 2021
Philadelphia still opened as 2.5 point betting favorites at the BetOnline app but after winning Game 5 on Wednesday night, the Hawks are now the -170 betting favorites to win the series.
82% of the teams that won Game 5 when the series was tied at 2-2 have gone on to win the series. There’s still that 18% chance though but given how ugly the Sixers lost Game 5 after a similar collapse in Game 4, it remains to be seen what fight is left in them after such mentally deflating defeats.
One of the Ugliest Losses Ever
One of the ugliest losses you’ll ever see.https://t.co/1wBDcdwEA5
— CBS Philly (@CBSPhilly) June 17, 2021
The Sixers are the only team two blow an 18-point lead in back to back playoff games in the last 25 years. Philadelphia had a win probability of 95.5% at one point in Game 4, and an even higher 99.7% late in the third quarter of Game 5. Still, they went on to lose both games and now trail their second round series 3-2.
Game 5 however was worse than the previous game. It was one of the ugliest losses ever in the NBA playoffs as the Sixers’ lead went as high as 26 points. By blowing it, they now have the ignominious title of 3rd highest blown lead in a playoff game during the last 25 N BA seasons.
Prior to Wednesday night, the Sixers were a perfect 165-0 when leading by at least 25 points at any point during a regular season game in the last 25 years.Also, teams leading by 18 or more points after three quarters played in an NBA playoff game had a record of 618-5 before the Sixers vs Hawks Game 5 and had won the last 117 such instances. But somehow, the Sixers found a way to lose the game.
Only Embiid and Curry Showed Up in the Second Half
Hawks were basically playing 5 vs. 2 in the 2nd half of Game 5… Joel Embiid & Seth Curry were the only 76ers players to make a single FGM in the 2nd half 😳
George Hill, Ben Simmons & Furkan Korkmaz combined for 5 PTS… all on FTs.
Thoughts? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/HKiQdgNEVN
— NBA Buzz (@OfficialNBABuzz) June 17, 2021
Joel Embiid had a statistically big night on Wednesday. He scored 37 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, issue 5 assists, and blocked four shots while shooting 12-20 from the field. But most of his production came in the first half. Also, Embiid and Seth Curry were the only Sixers players to make a field goal in the second half.
Embiid though, missed two free throws in the closing seconds that could’ve cut the Hawks lead to one. He was a perfect 11-11 from the line before those final two free throw attempts. Philadelphia was a +11 when Embiid was on the court. They were outscored by 14 when he sat on the bench.
Meanwhile, Ben Simmons had an atrocious game. Although he had nine assists and was a +7 when he was on floor for the Sixers, he took just four shots, scored eight points, and was a horrible 4-14 from the foul line. If only he hit half of the free throws that he missed, the Sixers would’ve won.
Tougher Night for Doc Rivers
Doc Rivers’ old Clippers now on brink of beating league’s top seed.
Same night his Sixers collapse. pic.twitter.com/USam5M6QuJ
— New York Basketball (@NBA_NewYork) June 17, 2021
It was a tougher night for Sixers head coach Doc Rivers who watched his former team, the Clippers, put the Western Conference’s top seed on the brink of elimination despite playing without Kawhi Leonard.
It can be recalled that the Rivers-coached Clippers that had both Leonard and Paul George healthy last season blew a 3-1 series lead against the Denver Nuggets in the second round of the 2020 Playoffs.
Now, Rivers’ current team the Sixers, are one game away from being eliminated by the Eastern Conference’s number 5 seed in the Atlanta Hawks. The Sixers are the top seeds as the best regular season team in the East this season. They have lost two home games to the Hawks in this series.