NBA Game Summary - Philadelphia at Atlanta
(Friday, December 23rd)
Final Score: Atlanta 111, Philadelphia 108
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Zaza Pachulia scored a career-high 23 points to upstage a classic 53-point performance by Allen Iverson, as the Atlanta Hawks defeated the Philadelphia 76ers, 111-108, at Philips Arena.
Iverson accounted for almost half of the Sixers points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out five assists in the loss. The Georgetown product scored in a variety of ways, draining jumpers off of pick and roll, slashing into the lane and converting 19-of-21 attempts from the free throw line.
It was the 10th time in the All-Star's career that he reached the 50-point plateau and his 53 points were the most scored in the history of Philips Arena.
Joe Johnson led the Hawks with 24 points, nine rebounds and eight assists and Al Harrington complemented the guard with 22 points, six rebounds and five assists.
"The win tonight showed a lot of growth for us as a team," said Harrington. "We started off sloppy in the third period. I had a turnover, Josh (Smith) had a turnover. We were playing lackadaisical. We took a timeout, coach (Mike Woodson) jumped in our behinds, and we turned it around."
Rookie Salim Stoudamire scored 13 points off the bench and Tyronn Lue tallied 11 for Atlanta, which has won three of its last four games.
Chris Webber notched a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds and Andre Iguodala contributed 14 points and five rebounds for Philadelphia, which had its two-game winning streak snapped. The Sixers have still won six of their last eight games.
The fourth quarter had a playoff atmosphere, oddly enough for a game involving the Hawks, who won for only the seventh time all season.
The eight-point Sixers' edge quickly evaporated, as Atlanta opened the period on a 20-7 run to take a 96-91 lead. Stoudamire had six of the points, including the basket that opened the five-point advantage.
Philadelphia responded a few minutes later and took a 105-104 lead on Iverson's jumper with 2:54 left that gave him 51 points on the night.
Pachulia's two free throws on the next possession gave Atlanta the lead for good at 106-105.
Trailing 110-106, Iverson sliced into the lane for a layup with about 36.4 seconds to play and after Johnson missed a jumper the Sixers had a chance to tie the game.
Instead of running the game-tying opportunity through Iverson, the ball was in the hands of Webber, who missed a half hook in the lane with 2.4 seconds to play.
Johnson made 1-of-2 from the charity stripe with 1.2 seconds left and Iguodala's full-court pass for Iverson was intercepted by Johnson to end the game.
"It's frustrating. You want to go into the holiday with a win," said Iverson. "Unfortunately, we're not going to do that. We're going to have to get it out of our system, enjoy the holidays, and go back to work."
The Hawks soared to a 9-2 advantage, as Pachulia had two easy buckets in the paint. Philadelphia slowly trimmed the deficit and eventually seized a 22-19 edge.
The 20-10 scoring streak included 11 points from Iverson, however Atlanta regrouped to end the period on an 8-1 spurt to take a 30-25 lead.
Atlanta led throughout the second stanza, leading by as many as seven at 32-25 early in the quarter. The Sixers had a chance to take the halftime lead late in the period, but Webber was stripped near midcourt and Lue found an open Josh Childress for a layup just before the buzzer.
Harrington's 16 points and Pachulia's 13 helped Atlanta hold a 58-55 edge. Iverson led all scorers with 21 points.
Iguodala's emphatic slam gave the 76ers a four-point edge, 63-59, early in the third, then Iverson maneuvered through the lane for a layup and buried a jumper off of a Webber screen to increase the 76ers lead to eight.
Iverson's free throw with just under six minutes left in the period gave Philadelphia a 70-61 advantage and the lead grew to 82-70 on two Iverson free throws with around two minutes to play.
The Sixers led 84-76 after three quarters.
Iverson had the last 50-point game against the Hawks on November 29, 2003...The Sixers started a season-long seven-game road trip in Atlanta...The loss snapped Philadelphia's four-game winning streak versus the Hawks...Atlanta shot 54 percent from the floor, while Philadelphia shot 46.5 percent...The Hawks compiled 29 assists and held a slight 43-41 edge on the glass... Philadelphia's Samuel Dalembert scored 12 points and grabbed seven boards in the loss.
12/23 22:44:04 ET