Hawks vs. 76ers - Recap
The Atlanta Hawks beat the Philadelphia 76ers 107-96 at home at Philips Arena. This was the second of four meetings between these two teams this regular season. With the win, the Hawks improved to 34-26 on the season and 1-1 in the regular season series with the 76ers. The Hawks also snapped their three-game losing streak with the win. The starters for the Hawks were Jeff Teague and Devin Harris in the backcourt, DeShawn Stevenson and Josh Smith at the two forward positions, and Al Horford at center. Zaza Pachulia (sore right Achilles) and Louis Williams (torn ACL, right knee) did not dress. Ivan Johnson and Johan Petro dressed but didn't play. The leading scorer for the Hawks was Jeff Teague, with a game-high 27 points. He also dished out 11 assists, giving him a double-double on the night. Al Horford and Anthony Tolliver added 21 points apiece. This was a season-high for Tolliver. Horford also grabbed 12 boards and dished out six dimes (a double-double for him as well), while Tolliver also had eight rebounds. Josh Smith contributed 13 points and six boards. The leading scorer for the 76ers was former Hawk Damien Wilkins, with 21 points. He is also the nephew of Hawks' VP of Basketball, TV analyst, and Hall-of-Famer Dominique Wilkins. In the first quarter, the 76ers got out to an 8-0 start. The Hawks, however, responded with a 12-5 run and retook the lead, 26-19, at the end of one. In the second quarter, the Hawks scored 33 points and extended their lead to 59-47 at the break. In the third quarter, the Hawks went on an 11-0 run, and they even had their biggest lead of the game, at 21, heading into the final frame as Teague nailed a three-pointer at the buzzer. In the fourth quarter, the 76ers did cut the Hawks' lead down to 10, but the Hawks never trailed by more than that. Former 76er Shelvin Mack made his Hawks debut, totaling one rebound and missing one field-goal in 1:01 of action, and the Hawks won by 11. I think the key to this win for the Hawks was shooting. The Hawks shot over 50% from the field and 40% from beyond the arc. Usually, that is a recipe for success, and it was for the Hawks in this one, especially given that the 76ers shot less than 50% from the field and less than 40% from downtown. Good win for the Hawks in their first game back from the mediocre road trip.