(Sports Network) - The Atlanta Hawks suffered a setback last time out, but
will try to get back on track Friday night when they host the Philadelphia
The Hawks got caught up in the New York Knicks' sensational play of late when
they lost at home 95-82 on Wednesday. Carmelo Anthony went for 40 that night
and the Hawks let New York shoot 52 percent from the field.
"We played a very hot basketball team. Carmelo is playing at a very high level
right now. He's shooting the ball extremely well," Hawks coach Larry Drew
said. "I thought there were times that we did defend him well, but he still
Kyle Korver went off on Wednesday with 25 points on 6-for-10 shooting from
long range. Jeff Teague scored 15 and Josh Smith chipped in 10 points. Al
Horford only managed nine points and seven rebounds.
By virtue of the Chicago Bulls victory Thursday over the Brooklyn Nets, the
Hawks and Bulls are tied for the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference. They
are both 2 1/2 games clear of the Boston Celtics and 1 1/2 games behind those
The Sixers are clinging to faint playoff hopes. They trail the Milwaukee Bucks
by six games for the eighth and final playoff spot.
Their chances were dealt a blow on Wednesday night when they fell in
Charlotte to the Bobcats 88-83.
It was a horrendous night shooting for Philly. The Sixers shot 35 percent from
the field and 25 percent from the 3-point line as they began a four-game road
No one encapsulated the poor shooting more than Jrue Holiday. The All-Star
guard managed only five points on a staggering 2-for-24 night shooting from
"We were in a real good rhythm and we stopped moving the ball," said Sixers
coach Doug Collins. "We tried to do too much on our own. All you have to do is
look at 16 assists. We didn't move the ball tonight."
Damien Wilkins led the way with 20 points. Evan Turner and Dorell Wright had
14 apiece and Spencer Hawes chipped in 12 points.
Wednesday's loss snapped a three-game winning streak.
The Hawks snapped a six-game losing streak to the Sixers on March 6 in
Atlanta. The 76ers had won two straight in Atlanta prior to that loss and the
two teams meet in Philadelphia on Wednesday.
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