Kyle Korver returned, Lou Williams was clutch and Paul Millsap was just a straight up monster, as the trio helped lead the Hawks to a much-needed win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday in Atlanta.
The Hawks’ 103-95 victory snapped a six-game losing skid, and also helped them maintain a slim one-game lead over the creeping New York Knicks for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East. The Knicks won at Utah last night and could have moved into a tie for 8th if the Hawks lost.
Millsap stunted on the Sixers to the tune of 28 points and a season-high 17 rebounds, while Sweet Lou displayed his clutchness late in the fourth quarter with a personal 8-0 run capped by HUGE back-to-back 3-pointers to break a tied game and essentially seal the win. Williams finished with 22 points, five rebounds, five assists and one block, and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the foul line and 7-for-7 from inside the arc.
Korver was also a big lift for the Hawks, just by simply being available. He had missed the last six games — all losses — and secured the victory over Philly by sinking a pair of foul shots in the final seconds.
Thaddeus Young killed the Hawks again and led Philly with 23 points, four assists, four steals, three rebounds and three blocks, while going a perfect 4-for-4 from the charity stripe, hit 5-of-6 three-pointers and shot 7-of-10 overall. For some reason Young plays like Jordan whenever he faces Atlanta — it’s really annoying.
Rookie-of-the-Year frontrunner Michael Carter Williams came up just shy of a triple-double with 16 points, 9 boards and 9 assists. He also had three steals and shot 50 percent overall.
James Anderson poured in 19 points and Elliot Williams had 10 off the bench.
The 76ers led from the first minutes of the game when they took a 6-5 edge and held an advantage until late in the third quarter. The Hawks started gaining momentum midway through the period and finished the quarter on a 19-5 run. Carroll’s layup with 1:34 left capped off the spurt and Atlanta went into the final quarter with a 75-73 edge.
Elliot Williams helped Philadelphia go back on top, 85-84, with a layup at the 5:48 mark in the fourth quarter, then the lead changed three times with the final time being when Atlanta’s Sweet Lou went on his personal 8-0 run, capped off by back-to-back corner 3-pointers from the same spot with 1:12 left to put the nail in the 76ers coffin.
The victory helps the Hawks keep a slim one-game margin over the Knicks.
New York has seven games remaining, all are against Eastern Conference playoff-bound teams, including two each versus Brooklyn and Toronto.
Atlanta has nine games remaining, five of which are against playoff-bound teams with the season finale at Milwaukee.
Both teams play again on Wednesday — Knicks at home vs. Nets and Hawks at home vs. Bulls.
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