Friday, March 26, 2010
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Gwinnett Daily Post
PHILADELPHIA -- Andre Iguodala had 25 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, Jason Kapono and Elton Brand each added 14 points, and the Philadelphia 76ers won consecutive games for the first time in more than six weeks with a 105-98 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.
Samuel Dalembert scored 14 points off the bench, while Jrue Holiday recorded his first career double-double with 13 points and career highs of 12 assists and seven steals for the Sixers.
Marreese Speights got the start in place of Dalembert right before tip-off.
Philadelphia hadn't won back-to-back games since posting a five-game win streak between Jan. 31-Feb. 9.
Josh Smith and Joe Johnson led the Hawks with 20 points apiece, while Mike Bibby had 17. Al Horford added 13 points and 10 rebounds.
With a victory, the Hawks would have matched last season's total of 47. More importantly, they fell 41/2 games behind first-place Orlando in the Southeast Division.
After Johnson got Atlanta within 96-95 on a 3-pointer with 2:43 remaining, the Sixers responded with a 7-0 run. Dalembert scored four points during the spurt.
Smith scored 14 points in the third quarter and kept the Hawks close. His layup with 0.9 seconds left cut Philadelphia's lead to 80-75.
The Sixers increased it to 87-80, but the Hawks came right back with an 8-0 run to go ahead by one with 6:20 remaining.
The Hawks held a 51-49 advantage at halftime thanks largely to 13-for-16 shooting from the free throw line. The Sixers were only 6 for 11.
Notes: The Sixers played without guard Lou Williams (lower back) and forward Thaddeus Young (right thumb fracture). ... Smith was whistled for a technical foul with 25.3 seconds left in the third. ... The Sixers finished with 15 steals.