JOJO RETURNS BUT 9-MAN SIXERS LOSE AGAIN!

By Jerry Wein

The Sixers Magical Misery Tour, in which half their roster is out because of the pandemic, continued last night in Atlanta.

And the Hawks Trae Young scored 26 points in the and the 112-94 win.

Joel Embiid led ghe Sixers with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Rookie Isaiah Joe had 18 points.

The Sixers used nine players, as forward Mike Scott (knee) and Embiid (back tightness) returned to add depth.

Ben Simmons (sore left knee) was again held out. The depth problems will continue through the week after Seth Curry tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday.

Tobias Harris and reserves Shake Milton, Matisse Thybulle and Vincent Poirier were again held out due to COVID-19 protocols.

“No one is going to feel sorry for us,” said Sixers coach Doc Rivers. “We’ve got to try to win these games. We’ve in a tough spot with COVID. … I have a sneaking feeling a lot of teams are going to have this problem.”

Rookie Tyrese Maxey, who scored 39 points in his first start against Denver, had 15.

De’Andre Hunter and Brandon Goodwin had 15 points as the Hawks snapped a four-game losing streak. Clint Capela added 12 points and 10 rebounds as six Atlanta players scored in double figures.

Young, who was held to a combined 22 points in his last two games, regained his scoring touch. He opened the second half with a jumper before adding back-to-back layups.

“We were just playing fast, getting back to what we do and the shots were just going in,” Young said. “You could see the confidence with everybody rolling.”

Young’s spurt keyed Atlanta’s 15-2 run to open the half. The Hawks stretched a 65-50 halftime advantage to an 80-52 lead with the run.

“I think the most important part of the game was how we came out after the break, and Trae was a big part of that,” said Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce.

Atlanta led 95-65 late in the third before Young and other starters sat out the final period.

 

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