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Embiid, 76ers beat Hawks 127-111 to take 2-1 lead in series

Joel Embiid scored 27 points and the Philadelphia 76ers rode a dominant third quarter to a 127-111 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night and a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Embiid, playing with a cartilage tear in his right knee, added nine rebounds, eight assists and three blocked shots.

Tobias Harris had 22 points and Ben Simmons added 18 to help the 76ers end Atlanta's streak of 13 home wins. The 76ers have taken the series lead with back-to-back wins.

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid, center, is defended by Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) and center Clint Capela (15) during the second half of Game 3 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series Friday, June 11, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP PhotoJohn Bazemore)

The 76ers played up to their No. 1 seed, taking a lead of 22 points and keeping the advantage in double figures most of the second half. The Hawks played from behind after their last lead at 11-10.

Trae Young led Atlanta with 28 points. John Collins had 23 and Bogdan Bogdanovic 19.

Game 4 is Monday night in Atlanta.

Philadelphia 76ers guard Seth Curry (31) tries to charge past Atlanta Hawks guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (13) during the first half of Game 3 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, Friday, June 11, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP PhotoJohn Bazemore)

After leading 65-60 early in the third period, Philadelphia took command with an 11-0 run. The 76ers outscored the Hawks 34-19 in the third period.

Simmons had two baskets during the run, including a jam for a 76-60 lead.

Atlanta couldn't regain the momentum as the 76ers stretched the lead to 20 points, 93-73, late in the period.

Philadelphia 76ers forward Danny Green (14) reacts as he walks off the court past head coach Doc Rivers, top left, before heading to the locker room, during the first half of Game 3 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks, Friday, June 11, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP PhotoJohn Bazemore)

Embiid, who faced constant double-teams from Atlanta's defense, made 12 of 16 free throws.

Embiid had a scare in the third quarter when he limped and appeared to be in pain after grabbing a rebound. Embiid appeared to step awkwardly on Clint Capela's foot and he remained in the game.

Hawks coach Nate McMillan asked for a strong start that eluded his team in its Game 2 loss. Instead, Philadelphia relied on an unlikely scoring source to grab the early lead.

Atlanta Hawks players John Collins, left, Clint Capela (15) and Solomon Hill (18) triple-team against Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) to slow his drive in Game 3 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, Friday, Jun 11, 2021, in Atlanta. (Curtis ComptonAtlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Furkan Korkmaz, who scored a combined seven points in the first two games of the series, scored 11 points in the opening period while making two 3s. He added another 3 in the fourth for 14 points.

The 76ers stretched the advantage to 11 points in the second period before settling for a 61-56 halftime lead.

TIP-INS

Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young guards against Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid in the first half of Game 3 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, Friday, Jun 11, 2021, in Atlanta. (Curtis ComptonAtlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

76ers: G Danny Green suffered a right calf strain less than four minutes into the game and did not return. Matisse Thybulle replaced Green. ... Harris hit the back of his head on a camera while falling on the baseline with 9:16 remaining in the fourth quarter. Harris walked off after being checked by trainers and returned to the game.

Hawks: Atlanta's last home loss was April 15 against Milwaukee. The 13-game home winning streak was the NBA's longest active streak. ... F Cam Reddish (right Achilles soreness) has participated in two-on-two and three-on-three drills but has not yet moved up to full five-on-five sessions. Reddish, who ultimately could help fill the void left by De'Andre Hunter's season-ending knee surgery scheduled for Tuesday, does not appear likely to return against the 76ers.

JUMPING TO HIS OWN DEFENSE

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) is fouled by Atlanta Hawks forward Tony Snell (19), right, as Hawks forward John Collins (20) defends during the first half of Game 3 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, Friday, June 11, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP PhotoJohn Bazemore)

76ers coach Doc Rivers says he always “feels great” when he returns to Atlanta, where he began his playing career as the Hawks' point guard. He reminded reporters before the game he still holds the Hawks' career assists record.

Rivers felt compelled to mention his link to one of the game's all-time greats, Julius Erving — better known as Dr. J — when defending his talents to his skeptical players.

“They don’t believe I could jump at all,” Rivers said before the game. “... I said, ‘You guys do know I’m named Doc. It’s not after a doctor. It’s after a guy who could jump.’”

Philadelphia 76ers guard Seth Curry (31) tries to charge past Atlanta Hawks guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (13) during the first half of Game 3 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, Friday, June 11, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP PhotoJohn Bazemore)

Rivers had 3,866 assists with Atlanta from 1983-91. Mookie Blaylock is second with 3,764.

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Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) reacts after a foul during the second half of Game 3 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks, Friday, June 11, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP PhotoJohn Bazemore)

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) is defended by Atlanta Hawks center Clint Capela (15) during the first half of Game 3 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, Friday, June 11, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP PhotoJohn Bazemore)

Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doc Rivers, right, reacts during the first half of Game 3 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks, Friday, June 11, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP PhotoJohn Bazemore)

Philadelphia 76ers center Dwight Howard (39) looks to shoot while defended by Atlanta Hawks forward Danilo Gallinari, left, and guard Bogdan Bogdanovic, right, during the second half of Game 3 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, Friday, June 11, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP PhotoJohn Bazemore)

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid, right, gives Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young a pat on the chest after going to the basket against Young and drawing the foul during the third quarter of Game 3 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, Friday, Jun 11, 2021, in Atlanta. (Curtis ComptonAtlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid goes to the basket against Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young and draws a foul during Game 3 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Friday, June 11, 2021, in Atlanta. (Curtis ComptonAtlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Atlanta Hawks forward Solomon Hill (18) is defended by Philadelphia 76ers guard Furkan Korkmaz (30) and center Joel Embiid (21) during the second half of Game 3 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series Friday, June 11, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP PhotoJohn Bazemore)

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid goes to the basket against Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young and draws a foul during Game 3 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Friday, June 11, 2021, in Atlanta. (Curtis ComptonAtlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)