A few nights ago, the Hawks made up an 18-point deficit to steal Game 4 from the Sixers and tie the series. That was an impressive turnaround, but it was nothing compared to what they pulled off in the second half of Game 5 on Wednesday, and they came back from a 26-point deficit to earn a 3-2 series lead.
tlanta trailed by 24 with 2:10 left in the third quarter, but a quick 8-2 run set the tone for the big fourth-quarter that followed. In the final quarter, Atlanta outscored Philadelphia 40-19.
Hawks guard Trae Young, who finished with 39 points and went 17-of-19 from the free-throw line, said it’s “not very difficult” to picture the comeback when down 26 because of the weapons a team like Atlanta possesses.
“We have guys who can make shots and make 3s and really get our offense going. We can put up points really quick,” Young said. “I think early on we were missing a lot of open shots and it was one of those first halves again. Hopefully, we shoot a lot better at home [on Friday] than we did tonight and the last game. We always have a belief that we’re in the game.”
Williams did what he’s been doing his whole career, and got hot in a hurry. He racked up 13 points in just over four minutes, and at one point scored 11 straight points for the Hawks. He finished the night with 15 points on 7-of-11 from the field, and the team was a whopping plus-31 when he was on the court. Williams isn’t going to get many headlines after this one, but there’s no way the Hawks win this game without him. This was a big time performance from the veteran.
Lou Williams hasn’t played a huge role for the Hawks in the playoffs. He was playing a few stints off the bench here and there most nights, but was averaging just seven points in 11.9 minutes per game. Nate McMillan couldn’t take him off the floor in this game, however, as Williams was instrumental in the Hawks’ comeback.