Kevin Huerter leads the charge as Atlanta Hawks stun Philadelphia 76ers

Hawks will face Milwaukee Bucks in their first Easter Conference Final since 2015

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - JUNE 20: Trae Young #11 of the Atlanta Hawks celebrates after defeating the Philadelphia 76ers during Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Wells Fargo Center on June 20, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.   Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images/AFP
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The Atlanta Hawks are through to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 2015 after a surprise game-seven win against the top-seeded Philadelphia 76ers.

Atlanta pushed aside a 0-9 record in Game 7s on the road to notch the victory, with Trae Young inaccurate but still able to score 21 points including a three-pointer which gave the Hawks a 93-87 lead with two-and-a-half minutes left.

Kevin Huerter top-scored for Atlanta with 27 points and closed out the game by making three free throws, as a packed Wells Fargo Centre in Philadelphia briefly fell silent.

MVP runner-up Joel Embiid scored 31 points and 11 rebounds but conceded eight of Philadelphia's 17 turnovers, while Tobias Harris also contributed 24 points.

Ben Simmons was one of the hosts' quietest performers, with the Australian attempting only four field foals and scoring just five points.

The crowd of 18,624 stirred to life again to boo the 76ers off the court, with fans reprimanded by the venue announcer for throwing rubbish on the boards as the Hawks prepared to face the Milwaukee Bucks when their final series starts on Wednesday.

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