Glenn Robinson matched his season high with 37 points and
Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 10 of his 22 in the final five minutes as the Hawks snapped a three-game losing streak with a 114-105 victory over the 76ers on Friday night.
"Last time, we caught them in a downward spiral,'' Hawks coach Terry Stotts said. "This win tonight means more because they've been the hottest team since the break.''
Allen Iverson scored 25 points and had a season-high 12 assists
for Philadelphia, but shot just 9-of-27 from the field. He was coming off a season-low five points in a loss at Detroit the previous night.
"This one hurt, especially after losing in Detroit the way we
did,'' Iverson said. "It was important to get in here and win one.
But when you give up 100-something points, there's not much you can
do. We weren't playing defense the way we normally do.''
"If we can beat Philly, we can beat any team in the East,'' Robinson said. "We want to go out and make a push these last 12 games and show everybody that we are a playoff team. I think we're going to make it.''
Abdur-Rahim made two free throws to give Atlanta a 100-95 lead.
After McKie followed with a jumper to get within three, Abdur-Rahim
tapped in a loose ball to make it 102-97 with 1:58 remaining.
After Iverson missed two free throws, Terry and Abdur-Rahim
combined for three free throws with 1:08 left after Kenny Thomas
was called for a technical foul. Philadelphia did not get closer
than four in the last minute.
With Atlanta holding a six-point lead, Abdur-Rahim was whistled
for a technical and Eric Snow and Thomas each hit free throws to
make it 98-94. Thomas then followed with a steal of a Terry pass
and made one of two free throws to pull Philadelphia to 98-95 with
The Hawks scored 18 of the first 24 points of the third quarter,
with Robinson netting 10 during the spurt, and took a 72-61 lead.
Philadelphia pulled within one twice in the final minutes of the
third but Atlanta shot just 7-of-8 from the foul line in the final
1:39 to take an 83-79 lead after three.
"When they took their lead in the third quarter, all we took
were jump shots,'' Sixers coach Larry Brown said. "I thought the
way we started the second half was the most critical period in the
The Sixers led by as many as 11 in the second quarter, but
Glover scored 15 of his points in the second as Atlanta made it
55-54 at halftime.
Atlanta made nine straight field goals during one stretch
in the second quarter. ... Referee Sean Corbin was slightly banged
up after a collision with Jermaine Jackson in the final minute.
Jackson called a timeout while falling out of bounds and into
Corbin. Both stayed in the game. ... The 114 points scored by the
Hawks was the most by a Sixers opponent this season. ... Terry was
also whistled for a technical foul, though he said he's innocent.
"I'm definitely going to get that $500 back,'' Terry said of the
normal fine for a technical. "It was a situation where I asked the
ref to review the tape at the 1:15 mark and he teched me up. I
didn't say anything other than that.''
No one thought the Portland Trail Blazers would make it to the playoffs, much less the conference semifinals. And that's perfectly fine for the upstart attitudes of Damian Lillard and Co.
Without Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, the Clippers fought valiantly but fell to the Trail Blazers, bringing another season to a disappointing end.
NBA Tonight checks out some strange 'bruh' moments on and off the court on Friday night, including Miami's Josh Richardson taking a bite out of the basketball, comedian Mike Epps tripping and falling and the infamous man in the purple shirt.