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The Atlanta Hawks won their second consecutive game after they defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 99-92 at Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night. The Sixers were led by Richaun Holmes’ 25 points while ‘The Homie’ Dario Sarić added 15 points. For the Hawks, they were led by Dwight Howard’s third 20-20 game of the season (22 points and 20 rebounds) while Tim Hardaway Jr. added 19 points.

Standings watch

The Hawks remain in control of the 5-seed, tied with the Milwaukee Bucks after the Bucks picked up a big-time win against the Boston Celtics in Boston. Behind them, the Indiana Pacers fell to the 8-seed after they were well beaten in Memphis against the Grizzlies while the Miami Heat moved into 7-seed with a road win in New York and sit just 2.5 games adrift of the 5-seed.

Just seven games remain for the Hawks.

Dwight coming up big

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Scott Cunningham/NBAE/Getty Images

The Atlanta Hawks stretched their winning streak to four games with a 117-96 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers, who were without Joel Embiid (rest). Dwight Howard recorded another double-double (guess we should just get used to that) with 10 points and 11 rebounds while Jahlil Okafor led the Sixers with 18 points.

Another great bench performance

For the second game in a row the Hawks’ bench put in a great performance — 54 points led by Tim Hardaway’s game high of 20.

“It was a good win. The bench continues to be very, very big for us. A lot of different guys played well. It’s good going into a big week next week.” — Coach Mike Budenholzer

Speaking after the Hawks’ win over the Bulls, Thabo Sefolosha said “…Different nights, different guys step up” and that rung true again last night. THJ added 20 but perhaps the surprise of last night was Kris Humphries adding 13 off the bench. Malcolm Delaney added another nine points and six assists.

“Tim had an incredible game, but he wasn’t the only one. Kris Humphries as well. We’re rolling right now. We’ll try to keep it up. We wanted to play a little bit better from start to finished but we had some spurts where we really played well, played together and executed on defense and offense.” — Thabo Sefolosha

I had concerns about this bench at the start of the season but they’ve been great so far. And look, take this with a grain of salt, these are the Sixers and they still suck, but even still it’s good to see the bench getting things done.

“I just feel like we have a lot of guys who are playing well right now, a lot of guys playing with a lot of confidence. They are mixing and matching well. They are sharing the ball well. I think to have that, if you want to call it a wave, different guys making plays that’s what it takes for us to be good.” — Coach Mike Budenholzer

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Hawks Dominate 76ers 124-86

 —  February 4, 2016

Atlanta stormed out to a 27-17 first quarter lead in Philadelphia and won every subsequent quarter by at least six points as the Hawks beat the 76ers 124-86 at Wells Fargo Center. Three starters scored in double figures and five players off Atlanta’s bench scored 12 or more in an incredibly-balanced scoring attack.

Kent Bazemore led the starters with 12 points and added three rebounds. Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague scored 10 each, Millsap with four rebounds and three assists and Teague with three rebounds, assists and steals. Mike Scott and Tim Hardaway Jr. shared the team scoring lead off the bench with 13. Hardaway added seven rebounds and four assists while Scott recorded a game-high nine rebounds. The remaining double-digit scorers for the Hawks were Dennis Schröder, Thabo Sefolosha and Mike Muscala who each scored 12. Sefolosha was a game-high plus-27 while adding six rebounds, two assists and two steals. Schröder added five rebounds and two assists.

With the win, the Hawks (29-22) climbed back into third in the East. The 76ers (7-42) were led by 17 points from Nick Stauskas, who added four rebounds. Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor rounded out the double-digit scorers for Philadelphia’s starting unit with 10 each. Noel added seven rebounds, five assists and two steals. Okafor had five rebounds and three assists. Isaiah Canaan added 11 points off the bench.

The Hawks return home to face the Indiana Pacers with an earlier-than-usual tip off time of 7 PM EST. The 76ers travel to face the Washington Wizards Friday. It was only the second double-digit scoring game since coming to the Hawks for Hardaway, who has averaged just under 11 points per game over the last three contests.

The home standing Atlanta Hawks snapped a 3-game skid against the historically woeful Philadelphia 76ers 127-106 Wednesday night at Philips Arena. After being held to consecutive sub-par offensive performances, Atlanta exploded for a season-best 127 points against hapless 1-26 Philadelphia.

Paul Millsap led all Hawks scorers with 21 points on the evening. Overall, Millsap shot a near-flawless 7-for-8 from the field while registering six of seven makes from the free throw line. Joining Millsap in twin digits on Atlanta’s big offensive night were Jeff Teague (18 points), Al Horford (17), Dennis Schröder (17) and Tiago Splitter (10).

Splitter’s first foray into double-digit scoring as a Hawk represented a season high for the Brazilian big man. Teague set the tone early for Atlanta, scoring eight of his 18 in the opening stanza of play.

For the reeling 76ers (losers of eight straight), Isaiah Canaan (24 points) and prized rookie Jahlil Okafor (19 points, seven rebounds) provided brief moments in the sun for a team that’s lost 26 of 27 this year. Against Philadelphia, Atlanta set a ’15-16 team best in shooting accuracy from the field. The 15-12 Hawks scorched the nets with regularity, connecting on 61.5 percent of all attempts. Continue Reading…

Hawks Tripped Up by Sixers

Bo Churney —  March 8, 2015

The Hawks are definitely in for the long haul. And with Mike Budenholzer being a disciple of the Spurs organization, resting players on the second game of a back-to-back is not surprising.

Losing to the Philadelphia 76ers after having a 16-point lead, however, is not a great showing.

The Sixers rallied against the shorthanded Hawks in the second half, limiting Atlanta to just 31 points of offense over the final 24 minutes. The Hawks — sitting Kyle Korver, DeMarre Carroll, and Paul Millsap — had absolutely nothing to give in the second half on offense, shooting just 11-for-40 (27.5%) from the field and only getting to the foul line six times.

The Hawks’ two remaining starters, Al Horford and Jeff Teague, were the big culprits in the collapse. Horford missed his final seven shots from the field, a few of the them badly hitting off the front of the rim and another that completely missed the rim altogether. Meanwhile, Teague was having problems with Philly’s quick and athletic defense, yielding four turnovers in the 17 minutes he played in the second half.

Horford was not the only one to have problems hitting the rim. John Jenkins, who started for Korver, opened with second half by missing the rim on two 3-point attempts. Mike Scott had similar “success” in the second half, as he also fell victim to an airball on a wide-open attempt. Continue Reading…

Head coach Mike Budenholzer pulled a very Spurs-like move before this game against the 76ers, electing to sit Jeff Teague, Paul Millsap, and DeMarre Carroll for the sake of rest. And like the Spurs, the Hawks had no problems with their absences.

Al Horford notched his first career triple-double, finishing with 21 points (8-for-10 shooting), 10 rebounds, and 10 assists in a 105-87 win over Philadelphia on Tuesday night. The Hawks’ offense just ran through Horford all night and he delivered by putting on one of the best performances of his career.

In spite of Horford fine play throughout the game, this contest was pretty difficult to watch early on; both teams had problems hanging onto the ball, creating for a sloppy and oddly paced game. It was not until Michael Carter-Williams hit an and-one to tie the game at 33 that the Hawks finally turned in on, closing out the half on a 16-4 run that included 3s from Kyle Korver and Mike Scott.

The second half was essentially a continuation of that run, as the 76ers simply could not keep up with the Hawks’ superior ball movement. Even at the end of the game — when they were playing Mike Scott at SG with Adreian Payne, Mike Muscala, and Elton Brand in — the Hawks were still moving the ball and scoring.

With Teague out, Dennis Schröder and Shelvin Mack performed admirably at the point guard position. Schröder had 13 points (2-for-3 on 3s) and six assists and Mack recorded his second career double-double with 12 points and 10 assists. Mack’s previous double-double came last season against the Knicks and was also in an effort from off of the bench. Continue Reading…

Hosting the lowly 76ers after winning seven games in a row sure seemed like a classic trap game for the Hawks. However, the Hawks saw no such let up, controlling a mostly slow-tempo game on Wednesday night between them and Philadelphia, notching their eighth consecutive victory with a final score of 95-79.

Mike Scott missed this game due to flu-like symptoms, paving the way for Mike Muscala to make an impact off of the bench. In 19 minutes, Muscala recorded 12 points, seven rebounds, and three assists after spending some time in the D-League due to the Hawks’ superb depth at the power forward and center positions.

“His length is something that always stands out every time Mike gets to play,” said Coach Budenholzer. “He affects the game at the defensive end, at the rim. He alters shots, blocks shots… on the boards, offensively and defensively, he has a presence.”

Muscala has now scratched playing time in seven games this year and he is starting to become an interesting factor off of the bench. He is not as good of a shooter as Scott, but Muscala still has a decent jumper and he impacts the game on rebounding and defense in a way that Scott does not. It’s a small sample size, but it might be worth investigating and rewarding Muscala with some more consistent playing time. The late first quarter/early second quarter line up of the bench players plus Horford? Put Muscala in there with Horford and see what happens.

Elsewhere on the roster, both Paul Millsap and Kyle Korver led the team with 17 points in Wednesday night’s game. Korver did his on 6-for-11 shooting and added two rebounds, two assists, three steals, and a block to his line. Millsap was only slightly less efficient, scoring his points on 7-for-13 shooting to go with eight rebounds and three assists. Continue Reading…


PHI(16-58) 95 – 103 (32-41)ATL

Key Performers:
P. Millsap (ATL): 28 pts, 17 reb, 4 ast, 3 stl
T. Young (PHI): 23 pts, 3 reb, 4 ast, 4 stl, 3 blk

For a moment it looked like the Hawks were about to encounter a disaster. They were down double-digits at the end of the first quarter and the first half, seemingly getting dominated by a Sixer team that is probably the worst team in the league as currently constructed. However, the rest of the Hawks finally decided to show up to complement Paul Millsap’s monster game and the Hawks were able to end their six-game losing streak. Lou Williams came alive in the second half, scoring 16 points, 11 of which came in the fourth quarter where Williams hit several clutch buckets to give the Hawks the edge over Philadelphia.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Paul Millsap: Like all of the Hawks, Millsap was better in the second half than in the first, but he was essentially the the Hawk player to have a good first half. Millsap finished the night with 28 points and 17 boards, but it was the 15 points and seven rebounds from the first two quarters that really kept the Hawks afloat in this game. 10/10

Jeff Teague: Shocking development: Teague was sleep walking for most of the game and only had small spurts where he picked up his effort and played like the he was worth the $32 million contract the team gave him over the summer. Teague had 12 points on 11 shots and five assists with four turnovers; it shouldn’t be a surprise that Lou and Dennis received a good chunk on minutes in this game. 3/10

Pero Antic: Not a good effort on either side of the floor from Pero. He was 1-for-8 from the field and made a couple of bad passes that really stuck out. (he made some good ones too, but the bad ones were ugly) 2/10

DeMarre Carroll: DeMarre had a decent game with nine points, five boards, and four assists, but the best part of it is that his effort was pretty consistent throughout, as it always is. That is always good to see, especially when you consider that DeMarre is still dealing with a rather nasty illness that kept him out of Saturday’s game. How do I know it was a nasty illness? DeMarre showed no shame when talking about it post game in the locker room. Suffice to say… you probably don’t want to know. 8/10

Kyle Korver: Welcome back to the lineup, Kyle. He struggled in his first game back after missing six games dealing with back spasms. He started off 0-for-5 from the field, but he started to come alive a bit in the second half and showed a much more balanced effort on both offense and defense. 6/10 Continue Reading…

RECAP: Hawks 125, Sixers 99

Bo Churney —  February 1, 2014


   PHI(15-32) 99 – 125 (24-21)ATL

Key Performers:
M. Scott (ATL): 18 pts, 9 reb, 4 ast
St. T. Young (PHI): 29 pts, 8 reb, 5 stl

The Hawks got Jeff Teague back for this game, but they might not have needed him. Atlanta led by as many as 32 as the woeful (aka: tanking) 76ers just couldn’t keep up. The Hawks had seven players in double-figure scoring, including Mike Scott and Elton Brand, who each had 18 points to lead the ATL rout. Thaddeus Young, who is a saint for sticking with this awful team, had 29 points in just 30 minutes of play. (#FREETHADYOUNG)

Reaction grades [assessed 0-10]:

Paul Millsap: Not really the greatest of nights from Millsap, but he put up a rather impressive line: 12 points, four rebounds, four assists, two blocks, and a season-high six steals. Oh, and he also threw down two massive dunks. 7/10

DeMarre Carroll: Strong night from Carroll on the wing, where he led the Hawks with a plus-28 plus/minus. DeMarre had 13 points on nine shots — including 3-for-4 from behind the arc — to go with nine rebounds and a season-high four assists. (you’ll see “season-high” a lot in this recap) DeMarre’s only blemish n the night was three turnovers in 27 minutes. 8/10

Kyle Korver: Apparently Korver still receives a decent mix of cheers from the Philly crowd, which I thought was weird since he hasn’t played there in over six years. Nevertheless, Kyle burned his former team by hitting three threes, which extends his three-point streak to 114 games. 7/10

Jeff Teague: Only 12 points on 10 shots for Jeff, but his ball-handling was very strong in this game; at times, it seemed like he was the only player on the floor that wasn’t giving it away to the other team. He finished with eight assists on one turnover and had a couple of nice drives in the lane that would seem to indicate that his ankle is fine. 7.5/10

Gustavo Ayon: It seems like Ayon is starting to play better and better as he gets more playing time. He wasn’t as good as he was in the OKC game here, but he still had a solid effort with seven points and seven rebounds. He cannot, however, be turning the ball over four times in that small amount of playing time. 7.5/10

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