Instant Replay: Hawks 113, Sixers, 103


Instant Replay: Hawks 113, Sixers, 103


ATLANTA -- The Sixers left the confines of the Wells Fargo Center for just the third time this season when they traveled to Atlanta to face the Hawks on Friday night in the first of a three-game road trip.

The Sixers fell behind with another slow start and allowed Jeff Teague to score a career-high 33 points in a 113-103 loss to the Hawks.

The defeat put the Sixers record at an even 5-5, while the Hawks moved to 5-4 on the season.

Turning point
At the 8:40 mark of the fourth quarter, James Anderson was stripped while driving to the basket. Atlanta went the other way and Teague put in a two-handed slam to give the Hawks a seven-point lead.

That basket sparked a brief 6-0 run the Hawks used to put the game away.

Two days after scoring a career high 36 points, Anderson was limited to just one made field goal.

Follow the leader
Teague led all scorers with 33 points, shooting 10 of 16 from the field. The point guard also dished out 10 assists. Al Horford added 20 points and eight rebounds for Atlanta, while DeMarre Carroll contributed 21 points.

Evan Turner led the Sixers with 27 points and Thaddeus Young had 17. Spencer Hawes notched another double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Tony Wroten followed up his first career triple-double with 22 points and six assists.

Injury update
Michael Carter-Williams a second consecutive game with a bruised arch in his left foot.

“He is day-to-day,” Sixers head coach Brett Brown said prior to the game. “I am not really expecting to see him on this trip. That may happen. I could be wrong, but in my own preparation I am not expecting to see him on this road trip. If we do, we do. Otherwise, we will move along without him and use Darius (Morris) and Tony (Wroten) at that backup point guard position.”

Former Sixer Lou Williams was in uniform for the first time since he tore his right ACL 10 months ago. He scored seven points with three rebounds and two assists in 16 minutes of action.

The disparity at the foul line in this game was huge until the final frame. The Sixers finished the game 18 of 23 from the charity stripe, while the Hawks were 25 of 31. However, the Sixers had attempted just nine shots from the line prior to the fourth quarter.

Take a bow
Former Sixer Kyle Korver made a three-pointer with 3:36 to play in the first quarter to extend his streak of consecutive games with a made three to 82. That is the second-longest such streak in NBA history.

Former Sixer Dana Barros holds the record with 89 straight games with a three-pointer.

Korver finished with 13 points and hit 3 of 5 shots from behind the arc.

What’s next?
The Sixers will play at New Orleans on Saturday. It will be their first time facing former Sixers All-Star Jrue Holiday, who was traded on draft night to the Pelicans for Nerlens Noel and a future first-round draft pick.

The Pelicans are currently 3-6 on the season.

Anthem singer at Sixers-Heat game kneels during performance

Anthem singer at Sixers-Heat game kneels during performance

MIAMI — A woman performing the national anthem before an NBA preseason game in Miami on Friday night did so while kneeling at midcourt, and opening her jacket to show a shirt with the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

The singer was identified by the Heat as Denasia Lawrence. It was unclear if she remained in the arena after the performance, and messages left for her were not immediately returned.

Heat players and coaches stood side-by-side for the anthem, all with their arms linked as has been their custom during the preseason. Many had their heads down as Lawrence sang, and the team released a statement saying it had no advance knowledge that she planned to kneel.

"We felt as a basketball team that we would do something united, so that was our focus," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "Throughout all of this, I think the most important thing that has come out is the very poignant, thoughtful dialogue. We've had great dialogue within our walls here and hopefully this will lead to action."

The anthem issue has been a major topic in the sports world in recent months, starting with the decision by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to not stand for its playing. Kaepernick cited racial injustice and police brutality among the reasons for his protest, and athletes from many sports -- and many levels, from youth all the way to professional -- have followed his lead in various ways.

"All I can say is what we've seen in multiple preseason games so far is our players standing for the national anthem," NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in New York earlier Friday, at a news conference following the league's board of governors meetings. "It would be my hope that they would continue to stand for the national anthem. I think that is the appropriate thing to do."

The NBA has a rule calling for players and coaches to stand during the anthem.

Heat guard Wayne Ellington often speaks about the need to curb gun violence, after his father was shot and killed two years ago. He had his eyes closed for most of the anthem Friday, as per his own custom, though was aware of Lawrence's actions.

"At the end of the day, to each his own," Ellington said. "If she feels like that's the way she wants to stand for it, then more power to her."

Making a statement in the manner that Lawrence did Friday is rare, but not unheard of in recent weeks.

When the Sacramento Kings played their first home preseason game earlier this month, anthem singer Leah Tysse dropped to one knee as she finished singing the song.

Tysse is white. Lawrence is black.

"I love and honor my country as deeply as anyone yet it is my responsibility as an American to speak up against injustice as it affects my fellow Americans," Tysse wrote on Facebook. "I have sung the anthem before but this time taking a knee felt like the most patriotic thing I could do. I cannot idly stand by as black people are unlawfully profiled, harassed and killed by our law enforcement over and over and without a drop of accountability."

Joel Embiid ends preseason on impressive note, has Sixers excited

Joel Embiid ends preseason on impressive note, has Sixers excited

MIAMI — It’s a cautious optimism to be sure — there can be no other type for the Sixers right now given their history of injuries — but you can tell the team is starting to get excited about Joel Embiid.

In Friday’s 113-110 exhibition finale win over the Miami Heat (see game story), Embiid scored 18 points in 18 minutes before fouling out late in the fourth quarter.

The 7-0 center, who missed his first two NBA seasons because of foot surgeries, made 8 of 16 shots and 2 of 2 on free throws, adding a game-high nine rebounds.

“I’ve always felt like I’m a complete player — that’s what I do,” Embiid said. “I’m starting to get easy points.

“I just got better every game [in the preseason], defensively, offensively.”

Sixers coach Brett Brown said he is still learning how to best use Embiid.

Brown added that the rust is apparent in Embiid’s game. But …

“He is as self-taught as any player I’ve ever been around,” Brown said. “He grew up in Cameroon and hasn’t played a lot (because of injuries). But he studies, he looks at stuff. He pays attention. He’s instinctively curious.

“There’s a lot of stuff in his head that he thinks through. His mind is quicker than his feet. At times, his core, his balance and his decision-making are off because his mind is working faster than his body.”

Embiid scored most of his buckets on Friday at close range — a finger roll, a tip-in, a couple of put-back dunks, an alley-oop dunk and a fast-break layup. But he did make a 10-foot jumper and took — but missed — a three-point try.

“He does stuff in a game that makes you step back and say, ‘Wow,’” Brown said. “He will trail and hit a three. He will have a pound, pound drop-step, dunk.

“Like a traditional post, he will turn his face and make a bank shot. He has that up-and-under stuff.

“But he’s raw. His preseason has been highlighted by those few things that you notice, all under the umbrella of, ‘He really has a chance to be very, very good.’"

Brown was asked to summarize the Sixers' 2-5 preseason, and he called it a “completely erratic” exhibition season because of injuries.

“Jahlil [Okafor] hasn’t practiced,” Brown said. “Joel has been steady and incremental. I think we all see that Dario Saric has got a lot to offer. I think the pairing of Joel and Dario was solid.

“We’ve seen Jerami [Grant] have a really good preseason. Richaun Holmes has taken his opportunity to play big minutes. Those type of things come to my mind.”