Instant Replay: Sixers 115, Bucks 107

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Instant Replay: Sixers 115, Bucks 107

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The Sixers’ losing streak had reached a season-high four games heading into Friday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Wells Fargo Center.

It took five extra minutes, but the Sixers made sure the skid wouldn’t reach a fifth game.

Spencer Hawes hit an off-balance three-pointer with 1.7 seconds left in regulation to tie the game and the Sixers seized control in overtime to claim a 115-107 win over the Bucks.

Caron Butler had hit a three-pointer with 8.4 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to put Milwaukee up, 101-97. Evan Turner then put in a layup before Hawes’ incredible shot to force overtime.

Thaddeus Young missed his second straight game for personal reasons. Daniel Orton made another start in Young’s absence.

Turning point
Luke Ridnour had shot just three free throws (and made only one) this season prior to stepping to the line with the Bucks up two points and 3.9 seconds remaining in the game. He split the pair, leaving the door open for the Sixers to force overtime.

Hawes caught the in-bounds pass in the corner in front of the Bucks’ bench, turned on one foot and found the bottom of the net.

Hawes made three three-pointers in the final 1:21 of regulation.

Follow the leader
Turner scored eight points in overtime and totaled a team-high 27 points in the game.

Hawes had 25 points and 12 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season.

Michael Carter-Williams vowed to be more aggressive at the opening tip and he followed through. Carter-Williams scored 12 points, grabbed eight rebounds, handed out 11 assists, picked up five steals and blocked a shot.

He also had five turnovers in the game and fouled out with 3.9 seconds left in regulation.

The Bucks were led in scoring by Caron Butler, who scored 38 points in 36 minutes, while shooting 13 of 22 from the field.

Stat-egic
For a second game this week, the Sixers missed double-digit free throws. They were 18 of 29 from the charity stripe.

Take a bow
Hollis Thompson scored 10 points in in seven first-half minutes. He was 5 of 6 from the floor.

Thompson finished the game with a career-high 16 points on 7 of 9 shooting in 15 minutes. He also pulled down seven rebounds.

What’s next?
The Sixers will play the Pacers on Saturday night in Indianapolis. Both teams will be playing back-to-back games with the Pacers notching a 97-82 win over the Boston Celtics on Friday to improve their record to 11-1.

NBA Notes: Dion Waiters signs 1-year deal with Heat

NBA Notes: Dion Waiters signs 1-year deal with Heat

Two people with knowledge of the situation tell The Associated Press that the Miami Heat have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with free agent guard Dion Waiters.

The two sides came to agreement on Monday. Waiters will make $2.9 million. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the deal.

Waiters averaged 9.8 points for the Oklahoma City Thunder last year, but had several big games in the playoffs. He played particularly well against Dallas and San Antonio in the playoffs before his role was reduced in the seven-game loss to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference finals.

Waiters will give the Heat another scorer off the bench (see full story).

Blazers: C.J. McCullom inked to four-year extension
PORTLAND, Ore. -- A person familiar with the deal confirms that guard CJ McCollum has agreed to a four-year, $106 million contract extension with the Portland Trail Blazers.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Monday because the deal hadn't been formally announced by the team. It was first reported by Yahoo Sports.

McCollum, who was named the NBA's Most Improved Player, averaged 20.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists for the Blazers during the regular season. He raised his scoring average by more than 14 points over the previous season.

As the 10th overall pick for the Blazers in the 2013 draft, McCollum bided his time on the bench for his first two seasons. He became a starter in the backcourt with Damian Lillard last season after four of the team's starters departed in the offseason (see full story).

Michael Jordan donates $2 million to ease racial tensions
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Michael Jordan is trying to help ease tension between African-Americans and law enforcement.

The NBA great and Charlotte Hornets owner said Monday he's giving $1 million to the Institute for Community-Police Relations and $1 million to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. The aim is to help build trust following several shootings around the country.

Jordan says in a statement to The Associated Press on Monday that "as a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man, I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers," (see full story).

Sixers officially sign guard Brandon Paul

Sixers officially sign guard Brandon Paul

The Sixers continued to add to their roster Monday, announcing the signing of guard Brandon Paul. 

Paul participated on the Sixers' summer league squad in Las Vegas, where he averaged 10.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 0.7 assists in 19.5 minutes. He also played for the Hornets in Utah. 

The 25-year-old went undrafted out Illinois in 2013 and has been playing overseas and in the D-League since then. Last season, he led FIATC Joventut (Spain) in scoring with 13.2 points per game. Paul also has been a member of the Canton Charge (D-League) and Nizhny Novgorod (Russia). 

Next season he could play for the Sixers' Development League affiliate, the Delaware 87ers. 

Paul is one of several offseason additions for the Sixers. The team has signed Ben Simmons, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, Dario Saric, Jerryd Bayless, Gerald Henderson, Sergio Rodriguez, James Webb III and Shawn Long. The Sixers also have reportedly agreed to a deal with Cat Barber. 

Charles Barkley: Sixers can be 'really good, really quickly'

Charles Barkley: Sixers can be 'really good, really quickly'

Charles Barkley is jumping on the Sixers bandwagon.

"I think the Sixers gonna get really good, really quickly, but it all depends on (Joel) Embiid," Barkley said. "They're not gonna win a championship the next couple years, but I think they can really become a perrenial playoff team in the next three years."

Sounds good, right? Not so fast. There are a lot of "ifs" according to Barkley. 

Most of those "ifs" ride on the health of center Joel Embiid. If the big man gets healthy, and the Sixers can resolve the "glutton of big guys," Barkley likes the Sixers chances.

"I think the most important thing they need to figure out is if Joel Embiid is going to be healthy. ... I like (Jahlil) Okafor and I like (Nerlens) Noel, but they gotta figure out if Joel Embiid is going to be healthy. 

"I like Ben Simmons, but that team's got a long way to go," Barkley said.

To hear more of Barkley's thoughts on the Sixers' future, watch the full video above.