This victory was accompanied by a few bumps and bruises along the way. There was a lot of physical play on both sides in this one and it was obvious that there would be a lot of jumping chippines.
Tobias Harris and Ben Simmons were called up for two faults each in the first quarter and had to leave the field earlier. Joel Embiid also made some early faults and he was not happy with the refereeing after the win.
“I told them they had to call it back and forth,” Embiid said. “We’ve had a bunch of guys, be it Ben or Tobias, struggling. I just felt like it wasn’t calling both ways, mostly due to the minimal contact their leader gets. “
Embiid was referring to Hawks star Trae Young, who historically had a lot of fouls to get through, but he only attempted five free throws on Friday. The Sixers didn’t secure a free throw attempt from a starter until the fourth quarter, but Young didn’t get too many calls to work his way into this one.
“As far as we’re concerned, we don’t get the same,” Embiid added. “I just want it to be called both ways. If we don’t call their leader nothing, they call me the same when I’m hit.
The final foul tally on Friday was 24 fouls for the Sixers and 22 for the Hawks. While Embiid expresses his frustrations with his own personal appeals, it’s not like the Sixers have been called up for many more fouls than Atlanta. Of course, it can be said that the Hawks intentionally fouled late to get a total of 22 fouls, but even at halftime the Sixers were called out for nine fouls versus eight for the Hawks.
The only real big difference came in the third quarter when Philadelphia was convicted of six fouls against just one for Atlanta.
Seth Curry took a few hits from the Hawks as he stood up for shots and he also expressed a little frustration on his side as he was not given an explanation for the no-calls.
“They don’t explain anything,” Curry said. “I would like an explanation and get the same calls from both sides, but they don’t explain anything. Just try to play by contact as much as possible. Sometimes you have to go through a lot of adversity to win and that’s what we did as a team tonight.
The Sixers will now return home to welcome these Hawks in a win-win Game 7 at the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday.
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