The Hawks dispatched the Philadelphia 76ers 91-85 for their 19th win in a row Saturday night at Philips Arena. Atlanta built a 21-point lead late in the second quarter, but the Sixers pushed back in the third quarter, cutting the lead to just five points entering the fourth. The fourth quarter got tense as Philadelphia took a lead late in the game before the Hawks turned it on and finished the game on a 10-2 run.
DeMarre Carroll was out for the second straight game, but the news of the day came pregame, when Coach Budenholzer and the Atlanta training staff confirmed that Thabo Sefolosha will be out 6-8 weeks with an injury to his calf, suffered early in Friday’s win over the Trail Blazers. Kent Bazemore played 40 minutes against the Trail Blazers on Friday after Sefolosha went down and got the start against the Sixers, marking his first start of the season. Bazemore had a poor game offensively, shooting just 1-for-6, culminating in two badly missed free throws with 4:07 left in the game, when the Hawks were up 81-79.