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76ers' Tobias Harris on Bouncing Back from Game 5: Just Had to Turn My Cellphone Off

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIJune 19, 2021

AP Photo/John Bazemore

Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris co-led his team with 24 points en route to a 104-99 win over the Atlanta Hawks in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference second-round playoff series Friday.

It was a great bounce-back performance after Harris registered just four points on 2-of-11 shooting in a 109-106 loss to Atlanta in Game 5 on Wednesday.

Following Game 6, Harris spoke with reporters about how he dealt with his Game 5 struggles.

"Honestly, really—just turn that cellphone off. When you lose, everybody has something to say. It's about us as a team. We met, we had a meeting, we were able to really figure out ways to be better."

Harris' Game 5 performance was a series anomaly, as he had averaged 21.0 points per game this series leading into Wednesday. He got back on track Friday, shooting 9-of-20 (2-of-3 from three-point range) and nailing all four of his free throws.

The 76ers were sluggish off the bat against Atlanta, trailing 20-8 early. However, they rebounded thanks to Harris, Joel Embiid, Seth Curry and Tyrese Maxey. Embiid had his typical productive line (22 points, 13 rebounds), while Curry (24 points, 6-of-9 from three) and Maxey (16 points, seven rebounds) added a more unexpected boost.

Philadelphia will now host Atlanta in a series-deciding Game 7 on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET at the Wells Fargo Center.

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