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Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Lou Williams scored 20 points in his return to his hometown as Philadelphia thumped Atlanta, 117-83, at Philips Arena.
Elton Brand scored 17 points and Thaddeus Young added 16 as six players scored in double figures for the Sixers, who led from start to finish to win for a fourth time in their last five games and for a seventh time in nine outings.
Jodie Meeks supplied 16 points while Jrue Holiday added 15 and Andre Iguodala added 11 to go along with eight assist and seven rebounds in Philly’s most lopsided victory of the season.
Josh Smith totaled 16 points, seven assists and five rebounds while Marvin Williams provided 10 points and 10 caroms for the Hawks, who had a three-game win streak halted.
Atlanta forward Al Horford missed second straight game with back soreness suffered in Friday’s win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
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The Hawks will also welcome Charlotte to Dixie and are 17-7 as the host this season. They have won three in a row overall and recorded a 99-92 triumph over the Wizards in Washington on Saturday behind 29 points and a season-high 16 rebounds from Josh Smith.
Joe Johnson got into the act with 21 points and Marvin Williams registered 15 and 12 boards for Atlanta, which is 7-3 in its last 10 games and fourth in the Eastern Conference standings. The Hawks played without center Al Horford, who's out with a back injury. He is averaging 16.2 points and 9.9 rebounds, and is listed as probable for tonight.
"It was a little tough defensively, and sort of offensively," Johnson said of Horford's absence. "Smooth (Smith) picked up the slack and had an unbelievable game."
Johnson is also probable with a balky knee. He was named an Eastern Conference All-Star for the fifth consecutive time, the most consecutive by a Hawk since Dominique Wilkins. Atlanta is four games behind Miami for the Southeast lead.
Philadelphia, meanwhile, is in the midst of playing five of seven games on the road and had a three-game winning streak stopped with Sunday's 117-103 loss to the New York Knicks in the back end of a home-and-home series at Madison Square Garden.
Elton Brand had 28 points, Lou Williams added 19 in a reserve role and Thaddeus Young scored 16 points off the bench for the Sixers, who had won six of seven games and got 14 points out of Andre Iguodala.
"We just kept playing uphill and Amare (Stoudemire) was super," Philadelphia head coach Doug Collins said.
Stoudemire matched a season-high with 41 points on 17-of-21 shooting.
The 76ers are battling the Knicks for the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference and will try to work on their 7-19 road mark Tuesday night. They will return home to entertain Orlando and San Antonio before hitting the road again for three at Minnesota, Memphis and Houston.
Atlanta has beaten the Sixers twice already this season and has won four of the previous five meetings between the two clubs.