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Seven Wild Stats From the Sixers’ Epic Collapse Against the Hawks

In Thursday’s Hot Clicks: a closer look at Philadelphia’s choke job, Nikola Jokić’s offseason ride and more.

That was ugly

Has a top seed ever been embarrassed as thoroughly as the Sixers were on Wednesday night against the Hawks?

Philadelphia appeared to have Game 5 in the bag after it built a 26-point lead late in the first half behind the strong play of Joel Embiid and Seth Curry, but it all came crumbling down in spectacular fashion. The Sixers led by 25 late in the third quarter and then got outscored 53–23 over the final 16 minutes to lose 109–106. It was a stunning collapse, and now the Sixers will head to Atlanta on Friday facing elimination.

To say the loss was historic isn’t overselling it. Here are a few stats to illustrate that.

Ben Simmons is drawing the bulk of the criticism, and for good reason. He was terrible from the foul line (2-for-6 in the second half, 4-for-14 overall) and is shooting 32.3% on free throws this postseason. (In recorded NBA history, only Ben Wallace has had a poorer postseason from the charity stripe.) But when you only have two guys hitting shots in the second half, the problems clearly run deeper than that. 

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