National Basketball Association

76ers start strong, beat Hawks 101-90

by Charles Odum, The Associated Press

alt

AP Photo/John Amis

Atlanta Hawks forward Dahntay Jones (30), is fouled by Philadelphia 76ers guard Justin Holiday as center Lavoy Allen (50) also defends during the first half of a basketball game on Friday.

ATLANTA (AP) — Evan Turner had 24 points and 11 rebounds, and the Philadelphia 76ers opened with their highest-scoring quarter of the season and beat the Atlanta Hawks 101-90 on Friday night.

Spencer Hawes added 19 points and 12 rebounds for the 76ers, who made 16 of 22 shots to lead 40-26 after the first quarter. Thaddeus Young had 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Josh Smith, who led Atlanta with 19 points, scored to cut Philadelphia's lead to 54-45 late in the first half. A basket by Hawes pushed the lead back to double figures for good.

Al Horford had 18 points and 10 rebounds for Atlanta, which lost its second straight home game. Ivan Johnson had 17 points.

Damien Wilkins had 16 points for the 76ers, who have won four of five. Philadelphia's previous high mark for points in a period was 36 in the second quarter against Sacramento on March 26.

The 76ers are barely alive in the playoff race, sitting five games behind eighth-place Milwaukee in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

"I really like the spirit of our team coming down the stretch," said 76ers coach Doug Collins before the game. "We're not looking to be in the lotto bowl."

The Hawks began the night tied with Chicago for fifth place in the East.

Atlanta's last lead was 11-10. The 76ers pulled away by making their first five 3-pointers and made 9 of 16 overall.

Jrue Holiday, who shot just 2 of 24 from the field in Philadelphia's 88-83 loss at Charlotte Wednesday night, had more shooting struggles while making only 3 of 14 shots for nine points.

The 76ers' 40 first-quarter points matched the high mark allowed by Atlanta in any quarter this season.

NOTES: Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing had a front-row seat. ... More than 500 college coaches in town for the Final Four were invited to the game. ... 76ers F Dorell Wright (right elbow contusion) was held out. He has played since he injured the elbow on March 30 against Charlotte, but he had renewed soreness in practice on Thursday. ... Hawks G Devin Harris (sore left foot) and G John Jenkins (mild concussion) were not available. Jenkins said he hopes to play Saturday at San Antonio. ... The Hawks also gave up 40 points to Miami in the fourth quarter on Feb. 20.



More Sports

High School Softball

Lady Vikings finish a win shy of return to quarterfinals

All good things have to come to an end. Northgate's softball team found out the hard way on Thursday night in Game 3 of its second-round GHS ... Read More


High School Volleyball

East Coweta sets time for Elite 8 match

East Coweta, which earned a No. 3 seeding in the Georgia High School Association Class AAAAAA Elite 8 Tournament on Wednesday night, will ho ... Read More


High School Football

Prior loss to Tigers could keep Indians' focus in right place

East Coweta head football coach Steve Pardue may not have to invest in a hypnotist yet, especially if the Indians follow his own philosophy ... Read More


High School Football

Northgate in search of 'perfect' game vs. Drew

As successful as Northgate has looked during back-to-back wins in Region 4A-AAAAA play over McIntosh and Forest Park, the Vikings hoped to h ... Read More


Heritage School, Trinity look to stay undefeated in region

Before The Heritage School and Trinity Christian can get to a monster showdown on Halloween, both of Region 1-AAA's two remaining undefeated ... Read More

High School Volleyball

Lady Indians will host Elite 8 match on Saturday

East Coweta’s volleyball team will host a GHSA Elite 8 match on Wednesday after the final eight teams in Class AAAAAA were reseeded fo ... Read More