Hawks vs. 76ers - Recap
The Atlanta Hawks fell to the Philadelphia 76ers 95-90 on the road. With the loss, the Hawks dropped to 31-23 on the season and were swept 3-0 by the 76ers in the regular season series. The starters for the Hawks were Jeff Teague and Kirk Hinrich in the backcourt, Joe Johnson and Josh Smith at the two forward positions, and Zaza Pachulia at center. The leading scorer for the Hawks was Josh Smith, with a game-high 34 points. He also grabbed nine boards and dished out five assists, a near double-double. Joe Johnson added 15 points and nine rebounds. The leading scorer for the 76ers was Elton Brand, with 25 points. In the first quarter, the Hawks and the 76ers traded buckets most of the way, before the Hawks extended their lead to 23-17 at the end of the first. In the second quarter, the Hawks extended their lead to as many as nine, before the 76ers responded with a 9-2 run to lead the Hawks 43-41 at the half. The Hawks came back in the third and lead by five midway through the quarter. The Hawks lead 66-62 heading into the fourth. The Hawks went up 88-82 in the fourth, but an 11-4 76ers run put the 76ers back on top, 73-72. The 76ers then extended their lead to as many as seven, before the Hawks cut it back down to 88-86. Clutch free throws from Evan Turner, however, sealed the deal, and the Hawks lost by five. I think the reason the Hawks lost was because of three-point field-goal percentage. The Hawks shot just 28.6% from beyond the arc, compared to the 76ers, who nailed 50% of their attemps from long-range. Tough loss for the Hawks against a team they very well could face-off with in the playoffs.