Spencer Hawes remembered the last time a coach drew up a play for him to shoot a three-pointer in the waning seconds in attempt to tie a game. That time he wasn’t sure if the coach knew what he was doing. “I was in college,” Hawes said. “I thought he screwed something up. ‘Wrong guy, coach.’” In the Sixers’ dramatic 115-107 overtime victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center, Hawes was the right guy. With 1.7 seconds left in regulation, Hawes got open for an in-bounds pass from Evan Turner and hit a 25-footer from the corner while jumping off the wrong foot to send the game to overtime. It was the exact play that head coach Brett Brown drew up and was reminiscent of a play the Celtics used to draw up for Larry Bird to get him open for a corner three-pointer. Brown called it a “Rashard Lewis play” and thanked former Miami Heat coach Stan Van Gundy for drawing it up. “That was the play,” Brown said. “The Rashard Lewis play. Yeah, that was the play. And I would like to thank Coach Van Gundy and I’m kind of serious because that is his play.” Hawes’ three-pointer was his third in the final 1:21 of regulation and helped the Sixers overcome a 10-point deficit with 2:10 to go in the fourth quarter. The three three-pointers down the stretch gave Hawes 25 points to go with 12 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season. He also has hit a three-pointer in every game this season and leads the team with 26 threes. Not bad for the team’s only seven-footer. “Spencer is the three-point killer around here,” Evan Turner said. “He’ll be in the three-point contest at the All-Star Game and we’ll take it from there.” Hitting an off-balance three in the final seconds to force overtime wasn’t the only fallout from Hawes’ shot. The Sixers’ big man also helped erase the damage from a season-worst 26 turnovers, which led to 28 points for the Bucks.
Hawes' clutch three helps Sixers beat Bucks in OT
CSN Philly | Nov 23