ATLANTA — The Atlanta Hawks lost its first game of the season Monday night against the Philadelphia 76ers 105-103 at State Farm Arena.
With the Hawks trailing by three points with 8.4 seconds remaining in the game, Trae Young stepped up to the free throw line after being fouled by Joel Embiid. Young made the first free throw and missed the second one, but John Collins was quick to the rebound and tipped the ball inside the basket and tied the ballgame at 103 a-piece.
After a timeout by the 76ers, Embiid was fouled by Collins and Embiid successfully shot both of his free throws. With 5.3 seconds remaining, Vince Carter received the ball off the inbounds pass and ran down the court and pulled-up for a game winning shot but his shot attempt hit the rim and bounced away from the basket, thus ending the game.
The Hawks were led by Trae Young, who went 6-for-16 from the field and had 19 points with eight assists. Collins and Bruno Fernando both finished with 11 points.
The Hawks will face the Miami Heat Tuesday night while the 76ers will host the Minnesota Timberwolves Wednesday night.
The Hawks started the game on the right foot, scoring 40 points in the first quarter and taking a 13 point advantage halfway through the period.
By the end of the first, Atlanta held a 40-31 lead.
But in the second quarter, Atlanta started to cool down while the 76ers stayed consistent and chipped away at the lead shot after shot. In a three-point play towards the end of the quarter, Joel Embiid gave Philly its first lead of the game, a 56-55 with 2:28 left in the period.
Moments later, while driving to the basket, Damian Jones was hip checked by Mike Scott, who was later rejected since he received a flagrant 2 on the play.
Two free throws by Evan Turner just before the end of the first half gave Atlanta a 65-63 lead.
In the first half, Atlanta outrebounded Philadelphia 31-24, shot 50 percent on three pointers but only shot a successful 66 percent rate on free throws.
The third quarter turned out to be a defensive battle as both teams combined for only 37 points, 19 for the 76ers and 18 for the Hawks, the lowest of the night for both teams.
In the second half, both teams were not able to pull away from each other until the end.
Atlanta finished the night with 45 rebounds, 23 assists and 21 turnovers.