In the “City of Brotherly Love”, there was no love found for the Atlanta Hawks as they lost their second straight game, 122-94, to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Both teams were 3-2 coming into this game, and both were trying to find some momentum to their shaky starts to the season.
It was a defensive match to start the game, as both teams were cold from the field. De’Andre Hunter made the most out of having the smaller Seth Curry guarding him, scoring on back-to-back possessions.
The frustration was building in the Hawks slow start, and Trae Young showed it after fouling Curry on a three and then waving off the ref, which gave him his third technical of the season.
Cam Reddish came off the bench to give the Hawks offense some life, scoring seven points in the first quarter. It wasn't enough to keep them afloat, as turnovers and fouls piled up, and the Sixers came out of the first quarter with a 28-15 lead despite shooting 35 percent.
Much of the same inconsistencies continued in the second quarter, and if it wasn't for a few misses from the Sixers, the Hawks could've seen themselves down a bigger deficit.
Coach Nate McMillan opted to insert the entire starting lineup back in the game to find some momentum, and within just a few minutes, they went on a 8-2 run to cut the Sixers lead to 39-30.
Though the offense picked up the pace, the defense was the problem, and Tobias Harris and Joel Embiid hit timely shot after timely shot for the Sixers. By the end of second quarter they were both in double digits, and the Hawks trailed 60-46.
An interesting stat for the Hawks, as they attempted 28 non-rim twos in the first half, but only made six of them.
Hawks cut it to 7 within the final 90 seconds of the first half.— Brad Rowland (@BTRowland) October 31, 2021
- Sixers three
- TOV by Young
- Capela's third foul
- PHI free throws
- Empty trip
- Philly scores
- Empty trip
Down 14 at the break.
The Hawks continued to struggle in the second half with their shots not falling, being careless with the ball (19 turnovers), and not being able to stop the Sixers on defense. It has been the same story for the Hawks in their past few games, and it should raise some sort concern to start the season.
Young had a rough shooting night, shooting 5-of-16 and finishing with 13 points and 10 assists. This was his second straight game not scoring over 15, but having double digit assists. Reddish finished with 16 points.
The Hawks will come back home to face the Washington Wizards on Monday night.