Posted Jan 11 2012 7:36PM
NEW YORK (AP) -- Starting center Spencer Hawes missed the Philadelphia 76ers' game in New York on Wednesday night because of a strained lower back.
Tony Battie started for Hawes, who was hurt Tuesday night in a victory over Sacramento. He played 11 scoreless minutes before sitting out the second half.
Hawes has been one of the keys to the 76ers' 7-2 start, averaging 11.1 points and a team-leading 9.1 rebounds.
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