For the most part, the Sixers looked like the young and inexperienced players they are. At times, their spacing was off and they struggled to help on defense. The Sixers' guard-heavy second unit brought a lot of energy but routinely was outrebounded while it was on the floor.
Bilbao battled back from a 14-point deficit and had a 95-92 lead with 4 minutes, 52 seconds left. But Hawes buried a three-pointer to knot the score and start a 12-0 run that put the Sixers up, 104-95, with 2:29 to play.
Bilbao responded with a 9-0 run. Thaddeus Young fouled German Gabriel attempting a three-pointer with 6.3 seconds to go. Gabriel made all three to knot the score at 104.
But shortly after that, Hawes stepped to the foul line and erased what had been a horrible day.
"He made amends," coach Brett Brown said, "and stepped up and made two very large free throws."
The Sixers' energy and ability to get to the free-throw line also had a lot to do with the outcome. Routinely fouled in transition, they attempted 46 free throws, making 34. Bilbao, meanwhile, hit 28 of 32.
Swingman Evan Turner and reserve guard Tony Wroten benefited the most from going to the foul line.
Turner led all scorers with 25 points while making 10 of 12 free throws. Wroten also drained 10 of 12 foul shots and finished with 16 points.
"Once we attack and get to the line, that puts pressure on the defense," Turner said. "We can find other things to occur, and that's what happened."
Newly acquired reserve post player Gani Lawal played 3:12. The 6-foot-9, 234-pounder arrived in Bilbao on Saturday night and participated in Sunday morning's shootaround. He missed his only shot and had a rebound and a turnover, and committed a personal foul.
"We made young mistakes," Turner said. "But the young guys played hard. They played tough. There's some team stuff.
"But I think we will get better and better."