The Atlanta Hawks eliminated the Philadelphia 76ers 103-96 in Game 7 on Sunday to advance to the Eastern Conference finals.
Atlanta is headed to its first Eastern Conference finals since 2015.
Hawks star guard Trae Young scored 21 points despite dismal 5-of-23 shooting from the field.
Joel Embiid scored 31 points in a losing effort for the No. 1 seed Philadelphia.
This marks the first time since 1973 that both No. 1 seeds will not make the East conference finals. The No. 4 seed Los Angeles Clippers defeated No. 1 seed Utah Jazz 131-119 at Vivint Arena in Game 7 on Friday, June 18.
Atlanta takes on No. 3 seed Milwaukee Bucks in the conference finals. The Bucks eliminated No. 2 Brooklyn Nets 115-111 in overtime in Game 7 at Barclays Center on Saturday.
Trade rumors ran rampant on Twitter.com after star point guard Ben Simmons phoned in another dreadful game on Sunday.
Philly had coach Doc Rivers seemed to second guess his star's skills during the post-game conference. Rivers has lost nine Game 7s in his career.
Ben Simmons’ contract breakdown
2020-21: $30.5 million
2021-22: $33 million
2022-23: $35.5 million
2023-24: $37.9 million
2024-25: $40.3 million pic.twitter.com/pWr4CuszTu
— Top Ball Coverage (@TopBallCoverage) June 21, 2021
alotta money for someone who cant make a bucket when it matters
— ?????? 17 time Champs ? (@CamoteCali) June 21, 2021
Ben Simmons in the 76ers offense pic.twitter.com/ZSyTi1hma9
— Kofie (@Kofie) June 21, 2021