NBA: Collins' jumper lifts Hawks over Simmons, 76ers


Posted at Jan 12 2019 11:23 AM

Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins (20) hits the game winning shot past Philadelphia 76ers center Mike Muscala (31) during the fourth quarter of their match at Wells Fargo Center. Bill Streicher, USA TODAY Sports via Reuters

John Collins hit the go-ahead jumper with 9.5 seconds remaining to lift the visiting Atlanta Hawks past the Philadelphia 76ers 123-121 on Friday night.

Kevin Huerter led the Hawks with a career-high 29 points, Collins added 25 and Dewayne Dedmon had 19. Rookie Trae Young scored 18 points.

This as the Hawks played short-handed with key players such as Kent Bazemore, Miles Plumlee and Taurean Prince out.

Jimmy Butler paced the Sixers with 30 points, but he missed a pair of free throws with 2.4 seconds remaining after making his first 12. Wilson Chandler also missed a potential tying basket on a tip-in at the buzzer.

Ben Simmons recorded his seventh triple-double of the season with 23 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds. JJ Redick also scored 20 points.

The Sixers played without All-Star center Joel Embiid, who tried to warm up with a sore left ankle but couldn't compete.

The Sixers entered the game 18-3 at home.

Butler scored 16 points in the first half as the Sixers held a slim 56-54 advantage at the break. The Hawks stayed close thanks to Collins' 12 points and Dedmon's 11, which included hitting all three of his 3-point shots.

After the game was tied for the 15th time, the Hawks began to pull away with a 6-0 run to go ahead 72-66 with 7:05 left in the third quarter.

The game grew chippy as Alex Len was called for a flagrant-1 foul for committing a hard foul against Butler with 2:19 remaining in the third. After the foul, T.J. McConnell dragged a frustrated Butler away from Len.

After the Hawks went ahead 98-92, Butler responded with a three-point play with 9:02 left in the fourth. Less than two minutes later, Redick drained a trey from the wing to tie the game once again at 103-103 with 7:20 remaining.

Mike Muscala knocked down a 3-pointer, his fourth of the game, to even the game again at 116-116 with 3:20 remaining.

Butler's tough layup with 1:16 left put the Sixers back ahead 121-118. But Huerter came right back and hit a deep 3-pointer to tie the game at 121 with 53.6 seconds left, ultimately setting up Collins for his heroics.

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