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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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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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It was normal day here in Ireland yesterday and I’m just scrolling through Twitter on a beautiful Irish evening — on a day where I should’ve been absorbing all The Finals media buzz — when suddenly I see the Hawks Twitter-sphere explode after Sham Charania of Yahoo Sports’ The Vertical tweeted this.

Quite the Tweet, wouldn’t you say? Out of the blue too. Even neutral fans were taken aback with this development.

Let’s give some brief context as to why this has arose:

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