The Hawks played without starters Kyle Korver, Paul Millsap and DeMarre Carroll but had no trouble jumping out to an early lead. Atlanta used a 23-5 run over the first and second quarters to build a 36-20 lead. At that point it looked like they had the opportunity to blow the game wide open and to take Philadelphia out of the game completely.
That didn't happen however and the Sixers were able to cut Atlanta's 16-point lead down to 53-47 at the half thanks to a barrage of three-point baskets. Atlanta went stone cold in the third quarter as Philadelphia outscored the Hawks 25-16 to take a three point lead into the fourth. Atlanta's shooting woes continued in the fourth and any hope for a comeback disappeared as Luc Mbah a Moute buried a three with 1:05 remaining to put the Sixers up 91-84.
Philadelphia outscored Atlanta 45-31 in the second half. The Hawks made just 11-40 field goal attempts in the second half. The Sixers used the three-ball as an equalizer and finished 13-37 for the game.
Jeff Teague led Atlanta with 17 points but scored just four points in the second half. Dennis Schroder added 16 points and six assists off the bench but was saddled with five of Atlanta's 19 turnovers. Al Horford scored all 12 of his points in the first half and was 0-6 after halftime.
Mbah a Moute and Hollis Thompson led Philadelphia with 19 points each. Thompson knocked down five of seven three-point attempts. Robert Covington and Isaiah Canaan finished with 12 points each. Nerlens Noel was a big factor defensively especially in the second half and finished with 11 points, 17 rebounds and five steals.
This game was another reminder that you can't let any team up off the deck once they are down. The Hawks had a chance to bury Philadelphia early and couldn't. The Sixers hung around long enough and was able to make enough plays down the stretch to earn the win.
The Hawks will learn from it and put it behind them quickly. They will look to get back on track Monday when they host the Sacramento Kings at Philips Arena.