Postgame: Hawks 76 Sixers 90
Friday, January 20, 7:00 PM at the Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
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Notebook: Sixers 90, Hawks 76
By Andy Jasner, for NBA.com
THE FACTS: Thaddeus Young scored 20 points, Jrue Holiday had 16 points and 11 assists, and the Philadelphia 76ers shook off a rusty first half for a 90-76 victory over the Atlanta Hawks Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center. Five Sixers scored in double figures and Elton Brand contributed a double-double of 10 points and 16 rebounds, nine off the offensive glass. The Sixers improved to 11-4 and 7-1 at home.
Willie Green scored 14 points off the bench for the Hawks. Jeff Teague also scored 12 points, but it wasn't enough. The Hawks (11-5) had their four-game winning streak snapped and fell to 4-4 on the road.
QUOTABLE: "If we want to say we're an elite team, we have to win this game." -- Brand.
THE STAT: The Hawks scored 10 points in the third quarter and 19 in the fourth. If you're counting, that's 29 combined in the second half. Not good enough on the road.
TURNING POINT: Trailing 51-44 and looking rather listless, the Sixers responded with a 14-0 run. Jodie Meeks hit a pair of 3-pointers and Andre Iguodala slammed home an alley-oop pass from Holiday for a 58-51 advantage with 4:23 left in the third. The crowd got back into it and the Sixers used that momentum the rest of the game.
HOT: Young knocked down eight of his 11 shots for the Sixers. He was active all night and made some big shots in the second half.
NOT: Josh Smith misfired on 10 of his 15 shots and never established an inside presence.
QUOTABLE II: "It got tough for us and we quit. I was disappointed and frustrated." -- Hawks coach Larry Drew.
FANTASY SPOTLIGHT: Holiday (16 points, 11 assists, six rebounds, three steals) and Iguodala (11 points, six rebounds, six assists, two steals) both had strong all-around performances.
INSIDE THE ARENA: There was a large crowd of 17,724 for this game at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers had won six of seven at home entering Friday night and the enthusiastic crowd responded. Sixers owner Joshua Harris and CEO Adam Aron were in attendance.
QUOTABLE III: "I don't think anyone was concerned. Whether we're up or whether we're down, we have a lot of faith. The coaches have a lot of faith and we feel like we're going to come out strong. We believe in what we're doing and we have a lot of confidence in this locker room." -- Holiday, on responding after trailing by eight points at halftime.
GOOD MOVE: Sixers coach Doug Collins gave extended minutes to Brand, even with a game looming Saturday night at Miami. The Sixers struggled early, but Brand had good energy and came up with 16 huge rebounds in 37 minutes. Sometimes, a coach goes with his gut. It paid off.
BAD MOVE: Smith settled for way too many jump shots. He's an explosive player when driving to the basket. Staying on the perimeter isn't his strength.
ROOKIE WATCH: With Spencer Hawes sitting out with a low back strain, forward Nikola Vucevic earned his second consecutive start. Vucevic had eight points and seven rebounds in 29 minutes. Hawks forward Ivan Johnson scored two points while guard Donald Sloan was scoreless in three minutes.
NOTABLE: Iguodala picked up his 1,000th career steal, becoming just the fifth player in franchise history to accomplish the feat. ... The Sixers haven't lost consecutive games this season. ... The Hawks were outrebounded 51-32. ... Atlanta only attempted eight free throws. ... The Sixers had just 12 turnovers, marking their fifth straight game with 12 or less. They are 10-1 this season with 12 or fewer turnovers.
NEXT: For the Hawks, Saturday vs. Cleveland, Monday @ Milwaukee, Wednesday @ San Antonio. For the Sixers, Saturday @ Miami, Monday vs. Washington, Wednesday vs. New Jersey
- With the win tonight, the Sixers improve to 11-4 and have still not lost consecutive games yet this season. Philly did not pick up its 11th win until Game #27 in 2010-11. The Hawks four-game winning streak comes to an end. The Sixers have now won three straight over Atlanta for the first time since 3/22/06-1/27/07.
- The Sixers won despite trailing by as many as 11 points. Philly is 3-3 in games in which it trailed by 10+ points this season after going 5-27 in 2010-11. All 11 of the Sixers wins this season have been at least eight points, including 10 by double-digits. Philly is outscoring opponents by a league-best 13.6 points per game this season.
- Philly won despite being outshot from the floor 43.2% to 41.7%. The Sixers have failed to outshoot their opponent in five of the past six games after outshooting the opposition in each of the first nine games. Philly is 3-2 when being outshot this season after going 5-31 in 2010-11.
- The Hawks had just 8 free throw attempts tonight, the fewest by a Sixer opponent since Indiana had 7 FTA on 4/11/08. Atlanta had just 6 FTA against Chicago on 1/7/12. Sixer opponents are averaging just 19.2 FTA this season, down from 24.2 in 2010-11. Philly is 4-0 when having as many or more FTM as opponents have FTA this season after going 15-5 in 2010-11.
- The Sixers had just 12 turnovers tonight, marking their fifth straight game recording 12 or fewer. Philly is 10-1 when having 12 or fewer turnovers this season (21-13 in 2010-11) and is averaging a league-low 12.1 tpg.
- Philly outrebounded Atlanta by 19 boards tonight. It is the Sixers biggest positive rebounding margin since outrebounding Golden State by 33 on 12/14/09. Philly was 8-1 when outrebounding opponents by 10+ boards in 2010-11.
- Thaddeus Young scored a game-high 20 points off the bench in just 23 minutes of play. It is his second straight game scoring 20+ points (Sixers 1-1 mark) after scoring below 20 the first 13 games of the season. Philly was 12-3 when he scored 20+ points in 2010-11.
- Jrue Holiday recorded his first double-double of the season with 16 points and a season-high 11 assists. He was averaging just 3.4 assists the five games prior. Holiday had 15 point-assist double-doubles in 2010-11, including one triple-double.
- Elton Brand had 10 points and a Sixers season-high 16 rebounds, including 9 offensive. It is his fourth double-double of the season. Brand had a total of 18 boards the previous four games combined and had a total of just 10 offensive rebounds in the nine games prior. Its the seventh time hes had 16+ boards as a Sixer. The last time he had 9 offensive rebounds in a single game was vs. Denver on 12/7/09.