When you play bad, you lose bad, and the Hawks played like… Well, you know.
Atlanta was blown out on the road 99-80 to the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night, preventing Larry Drew from picking up his 100th win as Hawks head coach. Philly, however, snapped a season-worst five-game losing streak with the victory.
Thaddeus Young powered the Sixers with a 18 points and 11 rebounds while recording five steals and four assists on the night. Third-year wingman Evan Turner scored a team-high 21 points for Philly with teammates Jason Richardson (17), Spencer Hawes (12), and Jrue Holiday (11) also reaching double-figures.
Richardson, the 11-year veteran, found the fountain of youth against Atlanta as he shot 3-of-6 from behind the arc and 7-of-12 overall, along with pulling down eight boards, dishing eight assists, recording two steals and posting a blocked shot in 33 minutes of action.
The Hawks were led by their jack of all trades Josh Smith’ who finished with 17 points and six rebounds in 28 minutes. Al Horford had a rough night, going 2-of-10 overall for just seven points, but did lead the team in minutes played (36), rebounds (8) and blocked shots (3). Former 76er Lou Williams (13) and Kyle Korver (11) also scored in double-figures.