Monday night’s matchup between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Atlanta Hawks featured the last two undefeated teams in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. However, Sixers center Joel Embiid poured in 36 points and sunk the final two free throws as Philly beat Atlanta 105-103 at State Farm Arena.

While Philadelphia weathered the first quarter storm from Atlanta as they jumped out to a 40-31 lead. The Hawks were able to space the floor, point guiard Trae Young was able to get in the lane and Atlanta was not bothered by Philadelphia’s size advantage. As the game went on, the game became more physical, even though the Hawks were able to push back.

The game hit a crescendo when Embiid dunked on Hawks forward John Collins with 9:04 remaining in the third quarter. The crowd was brought to their feet as Embiid shimmied in Collins’s face after the dunk.

With 7.3 seconds remaining in the game, Atlanta tied the game at 103 after Collins tipped in a missed free throw by Trae Young. On the next play, Al Horford fired a pass to Embiid as he broke open the lane. Collins fouled the 76ers big man before he could take the shot, but Embiid coolly knocked down both free throws.

The Hawks had one final chance, getting the ball to 42-year-old Vince Carter sprinting along the sideline. His three point shot bounced off the backboard at the buzzer.

Young, was named Eastern Conference player of the week Monday after averaging 38.5 points in the first two games. Tonight, the Hawks point guard had 25 points but was held to 7-of-20 shooting. Collins added 16 points and De’Andre Hunter 14, including a 3 from the corner that gave the Hawks a 98-90 lead. Philadelphia asserted themselves in the final five minutes as they outscored Atlanta 15-5.

Tomorrow night, the Hawks will play the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena.

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel EMbiid grabs a rebound against Atlanta Hawks guard Vince Carter during the first half of an NBA game at State Farm Arena on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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