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Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Attendance: 20,269
Rookie Young to lead Hawks against 76ers
Atlanta Hawks at Philadelphia 76ers
- Atlanta lost to Chicago on Saturday, 97-85, failing to score 100 points for the first time this season. The Hawks made 12 three-pointers in the loss -- they have gone 0-3 this season when making fewer than 15 threes compared to 2-0 when making at least that many.
- Philadelphia beat Charlotte, 105-103, and the team is now 3-0 at home and 0-3 on the road. The Sixers have allowed 120.3 points per game on the road compared to an average of 108.7 at the Wells Fargo Center.
- The Sixers went 3-0 against the Hawks last season, winning 119-109 when the teams met in Philadelphia on November 1. Robert Covington led the Sixers in scoring with 22 points, making six threes in the game -- it was one of eight times he lead the team last season.
- Joel Embiid has now played 100 games in his NBA career, and has scored 2247 points while snagging 1009 rebounds and blocking 201 shots. In the least 30 seasons, only four other players accumulated at least 2000 points, 1000 rebounds and 200 blocks through 100 career games -- Tim Duncan, Alonzo Mourning, Shaquille O'Neal and David Robinson.
- Trae Young's field goal percentage through five games is 39.2 (31/79) -- this is the lowest through five career games since Dajuan Wagner shot 37.1 percent through five games in 2002-03 (min. 75 FGA).
- Both Brett Brown's Sixers and former Brown assistant Lloyd Pierce's Hawks have shared the ball this season -- 65.3 percent of Philadelphia's field goals have been assisted this season, raking second behind Phoenix (67.4), while Atlanta ranks third at 64.9 percent.
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NBA rookie of the year hopeful Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks travel to the Wells Fargo Center on Monday night for matchup with the Philadelphia 76ers and last season's rookie of the year, Ben Simmons.
Young is averaging almost 20 points per game (19.8) to lead all rookies, but he is coming off his worst game as a pro in Saturday's 97-85 loss to Chicago. Young shot 3 for 12 from the field and missed all six of his 3-point attempts to finish with a season-low 13 points.
"It starts with me," Young told reporters after the loss to the Bulls. "With energy. I've got to bring energy start to finish."
For the 76ers this year, the issue hasn't been energy, but defense.
But Philadelphia smothered Charlotte in a 105-103 win on Saturday, holding the Hornets to just 39 percent shooting from the field. That clampdown came after allowing 256 total points in their two previous games, both losses.
Simmons was harried against the Hornets, finishing with just 14 points, but he did add 12 rebounds, including six on the offensive end.
"I like his spirit, and it's taking that spirit and putting it in the right environment, trying to help him find those driving lanes and opportunities," head coach Brett Brown said. "We are always challenging him. With offensive rebounds, I think he can be incredibly elite, gifted, featured on other teams scout tapes as a committed offensive rebounder. He had six tonight, I thought that was an excellent part of his game tonight."
For the Sixers, Saturday's win over the Hornets was a positive step on the defensive end, even if Kemba Walker did score 37 points.
"We still have some ways to go but today was a great step for us," Sixers forward Robert Covington said after the game. "We were playing a lot better mentally. When we get tired, that's when things start to drop off, but I felt like tonight we didn't do that. We had that same level-headedness about us going into the fourth, even towards the end of the game. We had a few lapses, but every game isn't going to be perfect. The guys know that we took a step in the right direction."
For Atlanta, head coach Lloyd Pierce wants to see better 3-point looks, and the Hawks may see them against a 76ers team allowing 34 percent shooting from deep. Before stubbing their toes against the Bulls, Atlanta shot 40 percent from deep in a 111-104 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday.
"We got the threes up but not the ones we wanted," Pierce told reporters after the loss to Chicago. "Part of it is when you look at how we play, ball movement, ball reversal, touching hands, we try to make simple plays. You can look at the number but those weren't the threes that we wanted. We want threes on plays that were off of penetration, threes off of guys that are helping or over-helping and just making the simple reads."
Updated October 29, 2018