Let's Close Them Out, But What is Home Court Advantage?

Last night there were four games played. All of them were Game 5's. Three of them were close-out opportunities and one was the pivotal 2-2 series breaker. Impressive performances from some and disappointing performances from others.

Washington Wizards vs. Philadelphia 76ers

The beginning of last night's action was in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was another close-out opportunity for the Philadelphia 76ers after losing Game 4 in Washington D.C. on Monday night. No Joel Embiid for the Sixers as he has a small meniscus tear in his right knee. The question, now became, could Washington take another game from Philadelphia with Embiid out?

In the 1st half, the Washington Wizards had a chance to do so. Very competitive in the 1st half as the Sixers took a two-point lead into the locker room at 65-63. The 2nd half, however, the 76ers put the Wizards away. Philadelphia went on in the 2nd half and outscored Washington by 15 points.

With a 129-112 victory in Game 5, the Philadelphia 76ers finished off the Washington Wizards without MVP candidate, Joel Embiid. Seth Curry stepped up big for the Sixers, scoring 30 points to lead the team. Tobias Harris added 28 points with 9 rebounds, and 6 assists. Ben Simmons gave Philly a triple-double with 19 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists.

Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 32 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists. Russell Westbrook had 24 points, 8 rebounds, and 10 assists. Rai Hachimura stepped up with 21 points, but it was Philly's night. The Washington Wizards take a first-round exit and winning their Play-In game over Indiana.

Philadelphia moves on to the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Atlanta Hawks vs. New York Knicks

Staying in the Eastern Conference, another Game 5 took place. This one was held at the famous Madison Square Garden in New York City. Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks were looking to put away Julius Randle and the New York Knicks in their own building.

Well that's what Trae Young and the Hawks did at MSG. After a competitive 1st half as usual which the Hawks led 52-47. And as usual in all of the Hawks wins this series, the 3rd quarter proved to be the difference. Outscoring the Knicks, 22-15 in the 3rd quarter gave the Hawks a 74-62 leading going to the 4th quarter.

Trae Young, the star of the series, finished as the star of the series with a 36-point, 9-assist performance at Madison Square Garden as a took a bow after hitting a late minute 4th quarter 3-pointer. The Hawks move on to the East Semis.

Disappointing way for the Knicks to go out. Julius Randle had 23 points and 13 rebounds in the losing effort. RJ Barrett had 17 points, but Derrick Rose had his worst game this series with on