Embiid scores 39 vs. Hawks in return from meniscus tear

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After a one-game layoff following the discovery of a small meniscus tear in his right knee, Joel Embiid returned to the Philadelphia 76ers' lineup for Sunday's 128-124 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

Embiid showed little rust in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals clash. The MVP finalist scored a game-high 39 points, adding nine rebounds, four blocks, and a steal in 38 minutes of action.

The 27-year-old sat out the 76ers' series-clinching Game 5 win over the Washington Wizards last week and remained questionable to play Sunday until just prior to tipoff.

Philadelphia is looking to exorcise the demons of second-round failures past against the Hawks. The 76ers haven't progressed beyond the second round since Allen Iverson led them to the 2001 NBA Finals.

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Embiid scores 39 vs. Hawks in return from meniscus tear
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