JIMMY BUT­LER’S 30 POINTS GO FOR NAUGHT AS THE 76ERS FALL TO THE HAWKS ON A LATE BAS­KET

Centre Daily Times - - Sports - BY DAN GELSTON

John Collins hit a fade­away jumper with 25 sec­onds left and At­lanta hung on when Philadel­phia flopped on its fi­nal plays to lead the Hawks to a 123-121 win over the 76ers on Fri­day night.

Jimmy But­ler was fouled on a drive and had a chance to tie the game with 2.4 sec­onds left. But­ler, an 86 per­cent free-throw shooter, clanged both shots to waste the chance at the tie. But Wil­son Chan­dler slipped un­der the bas­ket on the se­cond miss and had a gim­mie tip-in at the horn but failed to con­vert, leav­ing the Six­ers stunned as they trudged off the court.

Collins scored 25 points and Kevin Huerter hit five 3s and led the Hawks with 29 points.

But­ler led the Six­ers with 30 points and Ben Sim­mons had 23 points, 15 as­sists and 10 re­bounds.

JJ Redick, who missed the last two games with a sore back, led a come­back in the fourth with a pair of 3-point­ers that tied the game each time. The game turned into a 3-point shootout late – the teams com­bined for 23. TJ McCon­nell put the 76ers ahead by one with 2:39 left. Huerter buried a 3 to tie it at 121.

But­ler had his first ma­jor mis­cue when he lost the ball on a drive down the lane that was re­cov­ered by At­lanta. Collins hit the jumper and that was enough for the lowly Hawks (13-29) to send the Six­ers to just their fourth home loss of the sea­son.

The 76ers strug­gled with All-Star cen­ter Joel Em­biid out with a sore an­kle suf­fered in a loss to Wash­ing­ton on Wed­nes­day night. Em­biid tested his an­kle on the court as late as he could. He was one of the fi­nal play­ers to leave the court dur­ing warmups and shot long jumpers wear­ing “Trust the Process” sneak­ers. His pres­ence was missed – he leads the 76ers with av­er­ages of 26.9 points and 13.4 re­bounds in 40 games.

Mike Mus­cala started for Em­biid and kept the 76ers in the game with 11 points in the first half.

MATT SLOCUM AP

The Hawks' DeAn­dre' Bem­bry goes up for a shot be­tween the 76ers' JJ Redick, left, and Ben Sim­mons on Fri­day.

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