After five games of misery, fans in Philadelphia have reason to celebrate as the Philadelphia 76ers (13-14) defeated the Atlanta Hawks (15-9), 99-80, at the Wells Fargo Center to snap a five-game losing streak.
The game was bookended by dominant first and fourth quarters for the 76ers, who outscored the Hawks by seven in the first and 11 in the fourth. The Philadelphia defense smothered Atlanta, as the Hawks shot a mere 39% from the field for the game, committed 17 turnovers, and were outrebounded by eight. Atlanta's all-star big man, Al Horford, was held to only seven points on 2-10 shooting. Conversely, Philadelphia shot 51% from the field and had five players reach double figures.
Josh Smith led Atlanta with 17 points on 8-16 shooting. Louis Williams added 13 (on 4-12 shooting) and Kyle Korver 11.
Evan Turner was the top scorer for the 76ers, with a 21-point, five rebound, six assist performance. Thaddeus Young was equally impressive, with 18 points, 11 rebounds, five steals, and four assists. Three other players reached double figures in scoring: Jason Richardson (17), Spencer Hawes (12), and Jrue Holiday (11).
The victory pulls Philadelphia within one game of .500. They can reach that mark when the visit the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday afternoon.