By Peter Gleason

So much heat has been aimed at Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris and coach Doc Rivers for their woeful performance in game 5 Wednesday night, let’s not forget how well Sixers Seth Curry and Joel Embiid played.

Curry hit 13-of-19 shots and seven 3-pointers for a playoff career-high 36 points, seven rebounds and two steals in Wednesday’s incredible 109-106 loss to the Hawks to fall into a 2-3 hole against Atlanta.

Embiid hit 12-of-20 shots, two 3-pointers and 11-of-13 free throws for 37 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, two steals and four blocks, but it wasn’t enough for the Sixers.

Embiid was dominating after some bulletin-board material courtesy of Clint Capela.

“Whenever you wear him out, everything becomes tougher for him,” Capela said of Embiid recently. “When the fatigue comes in, it’s a different ballgame.”

Embiid made it personal and dominated Capela in the first half when he hit 9-of-11 shots for 24 points and 10 boards, but missed two free throws late after hitting 20 in a row. And Curry finished with a playoff career-high 36 points on 13-of-19 shooting with seven 3-pointers and seven rebounds, but it wasn’t enough in the end. The Hawks won the fourth quarter 40-19 and scored 15 unanswered points late to shock the Sixers and take advantage in the series. If you turned it off early, we’re sorry. And for the record, Embiid’s knee looked perfectly fine tonight. As Capela may have predicted, he might have just gotten tired. Game 6 is in Atlanta on Friday night when the Hawks will have a chance to slam the door on the Sixers.

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