76ers’ T.J. McConnell drags Jimmy Butler on court to avoid confrontation | NBA

76ers’ T.J. McConnell went to excessive measures to maintain teammate Jimmy Butler out of hassle Friday through the group’s 123-121 loss to the Hawks. 

Butler, recognized for his fiery persona on the courtroom, was knocked to the ground after taking an elbow to his face whereas guarding Alex Len within the put up. It was clear the 76ers star was indignant, which prompted McConnell to step in and ensure the state of affairs did not escalate. 

As a substitute of simply holding again Butler, McConnell actually dragged Butler throughout the lane to separate him from Len. A number of Philadelphia gamers then came visiting to calm Butler and to cease the Hawks’ from intervening. 

Len was assessed a flagrant foul-1 for utilizing his elbow.

The Hawks ended up getting their first highway win since Dec. 28 and improved to 13-29. Philadelphia fell to 27-16. Len got here off the bench to provide Atlanta 9 factors and 6 rebounds in 13 minutes. 

Butler led Philadelphia with a team-high 30 factors, although he missed two free throws with 2.four seconds left within the sport that might have tied the rating.

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