Atlanta's road trip begins on a high note as the Hawks defeat the Philadelphia 76ers 105-87 to earn their ninth straight win. With Mike Budenholzer electing to rest several of his regulars, Al Horford stepped up and recorded his first career triple-double while leading Atlanta to the win.
Budenholzer opted to rest Jeff Teague, Paul Millsap, DeMarre Carroll and Pero Antic with Atlanta opening a four games in five night stretch. Predictably, the team got off to a bit of a slow start. Atlanta led 25-20 at the end of one but closed the second quarter with a 16-4 run to go up 49-37 at the half.
Atlanta poured it on in the third quarter with the offense running through Horford who would finish with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists on an efficient 8-10 shooting night. Kyle Korver's three-pointer with 1:26 remaining in the third put the Hawks up twenty and they coasted home from there.
In addition to Horford's heroics, Atlanta got a solid performance from Kent Bazemore who finished with 17 points off the bench in 28 minutes. Korver finished with 15 including four made threes while Dennis Schröder added 13 points and six assists. Shelvin Mack saw his first playing time in a while and responded with a double-double of 12 points and 10 assists.
Michael Carter-Williams led Philadelphia with 20 points and nine rebounds while rookie K.J. McDaniels finished with 14.
Atlanta's road trip continues on Wednesday with a stop in Boston to face the Celtics.