The Sixers' young backcourt committed far too many turnovers and took too many poor shots towards the end of the 3rd quarter and momentum shifted in Atlanta's favor. The Hawks closed the quarter out on an 11-2 run with some big play from former-Sixer Lou Williams. Atlanta grabbed the lead with 1:32 left in the quarter and took a 2-point lead into the final quarter. Carter-Williams made back-to-back layups to cut the game to 1 and on the following possession Elliot Williams would tip it in to take back the lead 85-84 with 5:48 remaining. Lou Williams hit a floater and then a corner three to put the Hawks up 97-92 with 1:49 left on the clock. James Anderson responded with a three of his own but the Hawks found Williams again from the corner to increase Atlanta's hold back to 5. Thad Young threw the ball away along with Philadelphia's hope for a win.
Young led the Sixers with 23 points and recorded 4 steals and 3 blocks defensively. MCW flirted with another triple-double, finishing with 16 points, 9 rebounds, 9 assists, and 3 steals. Anderson contributed 19 points and 4 assists. The Sixers only made 12 of their 20 attempts from the stripe and committed 20 turnovers.
Paul Millsap had a dominant performance for the Hawks, ending with 28 points, 17 rebounds, and 3 steals. Lou Williams scored 22 points off the bench, 8 of them coming down the stretch in final quarter. Jeff Teague scored 12 points and 5 assists. Atlanta out-rebounded Philly 49-40.
The Sixers return home and play the Bobcats on Wednesday. Hopefully this loss does not mark the beginning of another skid.
By: Matt Ryan