Without Joel Embiid in the lineup, the Philadelphia 76ers fell short against the Atlanta Hawks 123-121 in front of their home crowd.
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The game went right down to the wire as Kevin Huerter buried a deep triple to tie things up with less than 30 seconds to play. After forcing a Jimmy Butler turnover, the Hawks drew up a perfect play out of the timeout that ended with John Collins burying the fadeaway jumper.
🚨 John Collins go ahead bucket 🚨 Hawks topple the 76ers. #TrueToAtlanta pic.twitter.com/Xxmj0BJ1W5- NBA Australia (@NBA_AU) January 12, 2019
Philly then turned to Jimmy Butler, who after drawing a foul missed his first attempt at the line. The second saw several chances go begging for the Sixers.
Ben Simmons came flying into the lane and his attempt rolled around the rim before Wilson Chandler missed a wide open layup attempt as the final buzzer sounded.
Simmons led the way for the 76ers as he registered another triple-double, ending with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists. Jimmy Butler and JJ Redick combined for 50 points, but it was the young stars for the Hawks who shone bright.
🇦🇺 @BenSimmons25 grabs the board and throws it DOWN 💪 #HereTheyCome pic.twitter.com/L7VJ9WCx6P- NBA Australia (@NBA_AU) January 12, 2019
John Collins finished the game in style with the go ahead bucket, and he finished with 25 points to go along with nine rebounds. Kevin Huerter was the main offensive weapon for the Hawks as he scored 29 points, burying five shots from beyond the arc.
With no Embiid, the 76ers defence suffered as it allowed 62 points in the paint.
Philly will look to snap their two-game losing streak when they travel into New York for a game against the Knicks on Monday while Atlanta returns home to host the Milwaukee Bucks for a showdown on Monday.