2. This game wasn’t beautiful for either team, offensively, but the Hawks couldn’t stop the Sixers when it counted in the fourth quarter, letting an eight-point lead (courtesy of a clutch corner 3 by rookie De’Andre Hunter with 4:53 to play) slip away. The Sixers closed the gap and took a two-point lead after Collins was called for a foul on Embiid with less than six seconds to play, and Vince Carter missed a shot at the buzzer to seal the loss. As the game grew more physical in the fourth, that gave Philly (which tallied 11 blocks total) an advantage. “That’s what the fourth quarters are,” Pierce said. “It’s a little slower, it’s more physical. Officials will probably let things get away a little bit more and that’s definitely their style, and so we’ve got to find ways to adjust and be better in the fourth quarter.”
3. The Sixers’ tough defense limited Young, who came into the game averaging 38.5 points through the first two games, to 25 points (he added 9 assists, 4 rebounds and 7 turnovers). Young went scoreless in the third quarter. His passing ability, however, was on full display, particularly as the Sixers pressured him. On a rifle pass, Young found an open Jabari Parker in the corner for a 3-pointer in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Young served a full-court pass to an open Len, who finished with a dunk. Young then connected with Collins on a lob. He found Collins on another lob in the third quarter to take a 69-63 lead.
In a hard-edged game Monday at State Farm Arena, the Hawks John Collins comes up with the ball over a sprawl of bodies that includes teammate Vince Carter and Philadelphia's Ben Simmons.
Credit: Kevin C. Cox
Credit: Kevin C. Cox
4. Backing up starting center Len, rookie Bruno Fernando had a solid game with 11 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks, adding a 3-pointer. Pierce on Bruno’s performance: “He was aggressive. He scored around the basket. He was trying to be physical with a guy that’s an elite center in our league (Embiid). But he wasn’t afraid of the moment. ... I thought he came out and gave us a great punch while he was out there.”
5. Collins surpassed the 2,000-point mark in his career, tallying 16 points and 8 rebounds. Through three games, he is averaging a double-double of 13.5 points and 11 rebounds.
By the numbers
21 (the amount of turnovers each team registered)
"They've got a lot of guys on their team strictly just for defense. They've got a lot of guys that are long, athletic."
— Trae Young on battling Philly's tough defense.