The Sixers showed on Saturday night why they are a pretty good basketball team after losing the night before to the Miami Heat at home. The Sixers went on the road on Saturday night to take on a pretty good Atlanta Hawks team and came away with a 98-87 victory.
The Sixers saw the return of their center Spencer Hawes who had missed the past ten games due to an achilles injury. The Sixers could of used him the night before but against the Hawks he finished the game with 14 points and he looked like the missing piece the Sixers had been missing down in the interior which this team has been lacking. 76ers rookie Lavoy Allen made his first start of his career in the place of Elton Brand.
The Sixers bench scored 54 points which included 15 points from Sixers rookie Nik Vucevic. Thaddeus Young had 14 points and five rebounds. Evan Turner had 11 points, six rebounds, and five assists. Jodie Meeks had 10 points.
The Sixers took it right to the Hawks early and put away the Hawks early and there was little doubt about the outcome. The Sixers led the game by as many as 20 points in the third quarter. The Hawks did try to make a move but could not get any closer than 11 points. The Sixers bounced back against a good team. They showed resilience, pride, and heart. The team went back to it game and that is playing very tough and good defense.
The Hawks were led by Jeff Teague with 21 points and Ivan Johnson who had 14 points and 13 rebounds.
The Sixers did show they could comeback one night after a lose and come back the next night and win a game. That is one sign of a good basketball team and also a well coached basketball team as well. The Sixers pushed their record to 17-7 and they lead the Atlantic Division. The Sixers play next on Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center against Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers.