Instant Replay: Hawks 125, Sixers 99

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Instant Replay: Hawks 125, Sixers 99

BOX SCORE

The Sixers continue to be consistently inconsistent.

The Sixers suffered an embarrassing 125-99 loss to the Hawks on Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center as they failed to win back-to-back games yet again. They haven’t won consecutive games since Jan 2. And 4.

The Sixers allowed the Hawks to shoot 50.6 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from three-point range in the defeat.

Turning point
There was not a singular moment when the game got away from the Sixers. It was a slow and steady steamroll by Atlanta, who led by six after one quarter, 12 at the half and 27 heading into the fourth quarter.

Follow the leader
Thaddeus Young played like a man possessed.

Young wasn’t named as a reserve for the NBA All-Star Game and took it out on a guy going to his first in Atlanta’s Paul Millsap. Young scored 16 points in the first quarter on his way to finishing with 29 for the game compared to Millsap’s 12. Young also added eight rebounds and five steals before sitting out the fourth quarter.

Michael Carter-Williams had 17 points for the Sixers, while Elliot Williams added 15 off the bench for the Sixers.

Six Hawks scored in double figures. Mike Scott came off the Hawks bench to score 18 points on 8 for 14 shooting.

DeMarre Carroll was the leading scorer among Atlanta starters with 13 points. He also grabbed nine rebounds.

Stat-egic
There was 6:54 still to play in the first quarter and the Sixers already had nine turnovers. They were coming off a game against the Celtics in which they committed a season-low 10 turnovers.

The Sixers ended up committing 21 turnovers against the Hawks, which led to 26 points.

Take a bow
Former Sixers Kyle Korver, Elton Brand and Lou Williams took it to their former team.

Korver boosted his three-point streak to 114 straight games. He finished 3 of 4 from long range for 11 points.

Brand had 18 points and eight rebounds, while Williams scored 12 points.

What’s next?
The Sixers play at Detroit (18-27) on Saturday night. They have lost to the Pistons twice already this season.

The Sixers have been out-rebounded by the Pistons a combined 119-83.

Report: Sixers, Pelicans had 'similar' package to DeMarcus Cousins deal in place

Report: Sixers, Pelicans had 'similar' package to DeMarcus Cousins deal in place

The Kings and Pelicans made waves after Sunday's NBA All-Star Game with the huge trade that sent superstar DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans.

Sacramento sent Cousins to New Orleans for a package that included rookie Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and first- and second-round picks this in this year's draft.

But the Sixers and Pelicans reportedly were very close recently on deal for a "similar" package in exchange for Jahlil Okafor, according to ESPN's Ramona Shelbourne.

That "similar" package was reportedly minus Hield.

So while the Pelicans are now almost certainly out of the running for Okafor, they've still made an impact on the Sixers in the near future.

Remember, the Sixers have the right to swap picks with the Kings in this year's draft via the Nik Stauskas deal in 2015.

So with Sacramento's brightest star now gone, that pick swap could be looking better and better for the Sixers.

As for Okafor, what does all this mean for his status with the Sixers?

Reports: Kings trade DeMarcus Cousins to Pelicans

Reports: Kings trade DeMarcus Cousins to Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS -- The Sacramento Kings have agreed to trade DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Tyreke Evans, 2016 first-round draft pick Buddy Hield, Langston Galloway and first- and second-round draft picks this summer, a person familiar with the situation said Sunday night.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade is not official and has not been announced by either team.

The deal pairs the 6-foot-11 Cousins, a frontcourt All-Star from nearby Mobile, Alabama, with the 6-11 Anthony Davis, who on Sunday night was the All-Star Game MVP after scoring 52 points, breaking Wilt Chamberlain's 1962 record of 42.

The move also sends a message that the Pelicans are committed to a push for a playoff spot.

New Orleans (23-34) went into the All-Star break 2 games behind Denver for the eighth and final playoff seeding in the Western Conference.

Cousins, like Davis a former collegiate star at Kentucky, is averaging 27.8 points and 10.6 rebounds this season. But he is due to become a free agent in 2018 unless the Pelicans can sign him to an All-Star caliber extension.

The Kings get a player with a lot of potential in Hield, although he has been inconsistent during his rookie season out of Oklahoma, where as a senior he was one of the best players in the nation.

Hield is averaging 8.6 points but has been explosive at times, with a season high of 21 points. The 6-6 Evans, who can play point guard, shooting guard or small forward, will be entering a second stint in Sacramento, where he was drafted in 2009 and went on to be Rookie of the Year. Galloway has been a solid reserve, providing scoring punch from the perimeter.

The 6-9 Casspi has been playing about 19 minutes per game for the Kings this season, averaging 5.9 points and 4.1 rebounds.