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January 31, 2014 | Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Over the last five games, the Sixers and Hawks have led the league in steals, each notching 10.0 per game. Early in Friday night’s meeting between the two teams, Atlanta had the upper hand in that category, forcing Philadelphia to commit nine turnovers in the first five minutes of the game. But the Sixers tightened up after a shaky start, committing six the rest of the first half and 14 the rest of the game.

Leading by as many as 32, Atlanta trailed just once Friday night, following a three-pointer by Thaddeus Young to open the game. In the end, the Sixers couldn’t slow down an efficient Atlanta attack – the Hawks shot 50.6% from the floor and 36 of their 45 made field goals were assisted. Philadelphia fell 125-99.

The Sixers were led by Thaddeus Young, who scored 29 points – 23 in the first half – on 11-of-19 shooting and also contributed eight rebounds and five steals. Michael Carter-Williams finished with 17 points (4/9 FG), five assists, and four rebounds; 11 of his points came in the fourth quarter. Lavoy Allen notched with a double-double (11 points and 10 rebounds) in 21 minutes off the bench and Elliot Williams scored a season-high 15 points on just six field-goal attempts.

Philadelphia returns to action Saturday against the Pistons in Detroit at 7:30pm.