NBA Game Summary - Atlanta at Philadelphia
(Monday, December 3rd)
Final Score: Atlanta 88, Philadelphia 79
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Josh Smith filled the stat sheet with 22 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four blocks, leading Atlanta past Philadelphia, 88-79, at the Wachovia Center.
Smith's all-around exploits, along with Atlanta's suffocating second-half defense, propelled the Hawks after halftime. Atlanta held the Sixers to 33 points in the final 24 minutes, holding Philadelphia's Willie Green to four second-half points after 19 in the first half.
Marvin Williams and Josh Childress each scored 16 points, Joe Johnson added 15 and Al Horford notched a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Hawks, who snapped a seven-game losing streak in the City of Brotherly Love.
"Since I have been an Atlanta Hawk, we have not won here in three years," said Smith. "It feels good to come here and get a win; in an environment that I think is one of the most difficult, I think, to get a win in."
Andre Miller scored 18 points with six assists and Andre Iguodala and Kyle Korver donated 11 points apiece for the Sixers, losers in three of four and six of their last eight games. They dropped to 3-6 at home to kick off a three-game homestand.
Green's 19 first-half points pushed the Sixers in front at the break. His driving layup brought the club within 43-39 and his deep three just over a minute later surged the Sixers in front, 44-43, and they held a 46-45 advantage at the break.
Then, the Sixers went cold from the floor.
Atlanta regained the lead in the third quarter, taking a 66-62 lead into the fourth quarter. After Green's fadeaway jumper cut Philadelphia's deficit to 70-66, the Hawks embarked on a 15-6 stretch to claim a double-digit advantage. A three-pointer by Childress and a three-point play by Johnson pushed the edge to 85-72.
The Hawks never looked back from there, stifling Philadelphia's fast break and perimeter game by committing just 12 turnovers and holding the Sixers to 2- of-11 shooting from beyond the arc.
"While the first half of tonight's game wasn't great, the second quarter was a lot better and our challenge is to get the second half equally as good as our second was this time," said Sixers head coach Maurice Cheeks.
The Sixers shot 40 percent from the floor, but Iguodala made just 4-of-14 shot attempts...Atlanta had little success from beyond the arc (3-of-17), but did make 44.6 percent of its shots overall...The Hawks assisted on 26 of their 37 made field goals, while the Sixers had only 14 assists on 30 made shots...Atlanta center Zaza Pachulia took an inadvertent forearm from Sixers center Samuel Dalembert in the first quarter and did not return...The game featured eight ties and 15 lead changes...The Sixers will host Boston and New York to close out the brief homestand.
12/04 00:39:47 ET