The Atlanta Hawks grabbed a much needed win with a 107-96 win over the Philadelphia 76ers snapping a three-game losing streak in the process.
Atlanta came out of the gate slowly missing their first seven shots and falling behind 8-0 forcing a Larry Drew time out. The Hawks responded by ending the quarter with a 26-11 run to take control of the game. Atlanta got sterling performances from Jeff Teague and Al Horford and a season best performance from Anthony Tolliver who finished with a season-high 21 points.
Coming into the game, Larry Drew expressed concern over how his team would slow down Philly point guard Jrue Holiday. He was pleased following the game after holding Holiday to 11 points on 3-12 shooting. Holiday did hand out 12 assists but failed to have the impact that Drew had feared during the pre-game.
Teague led the Hawks with 27 points and 11 assists. Al Horford also recorded a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Tolliver hit 7-10 shots and went 5-7 from three-point range for his 21 points. Josh Smith chipped in 13 points and six boards to round out the Hawks' players in double figures.
Philadelphia cut the lead to three points in the third quarter before Atlanta responded with another run. Drew acknowledged following the game that his team was still really tired from their six-game road trip but that he sensed a confidence from his team. They coasted at times after building big leads but never lost control of the game knowing they could make plays when they needed them.
Damien Wilkins led the Sixers with 21 points off the bench. Dorell Wright added 20 while Thaddeus Young finished with 16.
Atlanta will enjoy another off day on Thursday before starting a back-to-back in Boston on Friday.
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