Recap of the Hawks vs. 76ers game on 12-21-12
The Atlanta Hawks lost to the Philadelphia 76ers 99-80 on the road. This was the first game of a back-to-back set for the Hawks. With the loss, the Hawks dropped to 15-9 on the season, 0-1 in the regular season series with the 76ers, and 0-1 in their back-to-back set. The starters for the Hawks were Jeff Teague, Kyle Korver, and DeShawn Stevenson in the backcourt, and Josh Smith and Al Horford in the frontcourt. Devin Harris (sore left foot) did not dress. The leading scorer for the Hawks was Josh Smith, with 17 points. He also grabbed six boards. Louis Williams added 13 points off the bench. Kyle Korver contributed 11 points and five rebounds. The leading scorer for the 76ers was Evan Turner, with a game-high 21 points. In the first quarter, the Hawks allowed 30 points. In the second quarter, the Hawks outscored the 76ers 22-21. In the third quarter, after trailing by as many as 16, the Hawks got back within eight heading into the final frame (thanks in large part to a big quarter from Williams). In the fourth quarter, the Hawks were held to just 16 points, and they lost by 19. I think there were a few key reasons the Hawks lost this one. First off, they were short handed. With Harris out, Teague couldn't really get a breather guarding Jrue Holiday, who has been playing All-Star caliber basketball so far this season. Secondly, Anthony Tolliver only played 6:42. As DeShawn Stevenson can only play one night of back-to-backs and was forced to play both nights of the Hawks' first back-to-back this week due to injuries to others, he wasn't well rested for this one. With a tired Stevenson logging minutes that should've been given to Tolliver, their 76ers small forward counterparts were the first and second leading scorers on the 76ers in this one, respectively. Thirdly, Al Horford has got to get out of this slump. He has not been playing very well as of late, and it resulted in the Hawks losing the rebounding battle and points in the paint in this one. Tough loss for the Hawks.