Atlanta Hawks handle Philadelphia 76ers, 127-106


The Atlanta Hawks stop their three-game losing streak by beating the Philadelphia 76ers 127-106 Wednesday night at the Highlight Factory.

The Force was with the Atlanta Hawks on Star Wars Night in Philips Arena, as the Atlanta Hawks did what every team in the NBA but the Los Angeles Lakers do nightly: beat the tanking Philadelphia 76ers. Atlanta ended its three-game slide by handling the 76ers, 127-106.

Atlanta got great play out of its point guards tonight, which had not been the case recently. Jeff Teague had 18 points on 6-9 shooting. Dennis Schroder had 17 points, 7 assists, and 3 steals off the Atlanta bench.

Paul Millsap led the Atlanta Hawks with 21 points on Wednesday night. He was 7-8 from the field and 6-7 from the free throw line with 3 assists. Interestingly, the Hawks’ best rebounder did not record a single board in this contest, as both clubs shot very well from the field tonight, thus there weren’t many rebounds to come by.

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Atlanta overcame their recent shooting woes with a great performance Wednesday night versus the 76ers. The Hawks shot a staggering 61.5% from the field, a blistering 47.6% from beyond the arc, and an impressive 87.5% from the charity stripe. It has been a rarity this season to see all the Hawks feel it with their shooting stroke in a single game. Hopefully this is a sign of good things to come for the club.

The Atlanta Hawks forced 24 turnovers by the 76ers. It was clear to me why the 76ers are 1-26 on the year. They may play hard for their head coach in Brett Brown, but this team is too careless with the basketball and too distracted to play consistently strong defense. This team may end up winning five games all season and that wouldn’t shock me.

Regardless of how difficult the times are in Philadelphia with the 76ers, it was great to see the Atlanta Hawks play with focus on Wednesday night and end their skid before playing a physical team in the Boston Celtics in the TD Garden Friday night.

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At 15-12, things aren’t great, but they aren’t all that bad with our Atlanta Hawks. Perhaps it is the improved point guard play and the overall great shooting night of the club that can instill some confidence before taking on a physical Celtics team on the road. Atlanta will need to take this momentum into Boston to get back into the thick of things in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. Let’s Go Hawks!