Joel Embiid had a play-off career-high 40 factors because the Philadelphia 76ers levelled their Eastern Conference semi-final series with the Atlanta Hawks.
The 76ers received 118-102 at dwelling to make it 1-1 within the best-of-seven series.
Earlier on Tuesday, Embiid got here second to Nikola Jokic in voting for the NBA’s Most Valuable Player for 2020-21.
And the Utah Jazz, the primary seed for the play-offs, opened their Western Conference semi-final by edging a 112-109 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Embiid (meniscus) was once more a doubt heading into Tuesday’s recreation with the Hawks however the Sixers centre added 13 rebounds to his game-high 40 factors.
The Hawks, for whom Trae Young and Danilo Gallinari scored 21 factors, trailed 57-55 at half-time and took their first lead at 80-79 late within the third quarter.
But the Sixers led 91-84 by the tip of the third and opened the fourth with an 11-Zero spurt which put them past attain.
In the Western Conference, the Clippers acquired off to a robust begin to lead 60-47 at half-time in Salt Lake City, however the top-ranked Jazz outscored the guests 65-49 within the second half.
Despite trailing by as many as 10 factors within the fourth quarter, the Clippers may have tied it on the ultimate possession and despatched the sport into extra time, however Marcus Morris’ shot was blocked by Rudy Gobert.
Donovan Mitchell scored 45 factors for the Clippers whereas Kawhi Leonard had a team-high 23 for the Jazz.
Jokic named 2020-21 MVP
The Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic turned the lowest-drafted MVP in NBA historical past and the primary participant in franchise historical past to win the award.
The Serbian centre began all 72 video games for the Nuggets and averaged 26.four factors, 10.eight rebounds and eight.three assists per contest – all setting or matching profession highs.
The 26-year-old was drafted 41st general in 2014 and is simply the second second-round draft decide to change into an MVP after Willis Reed (1970), who was the eighth decide in 1964 when there have been simply 9 groups within the league.
An All-Star for the third straight yr, Jokic is the third European to be named the NBA’s MVP after Dirk Nowitzki and Giannis Antetokounmpo, who won the award the last two seasons.
Jokic earned 91 of 101 first-place votes for a complete of 971 factors, with second with 586 factors and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry third with 453.