Mar 31, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap (4) dribbles against Philadelphia 76ers forward Thaddeus Young (21) during the second half at Philips Arena. The Hawks defeated the 76ers 103-95. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

76ers dominate early; fall late to Hawks, 95-103

The Philadelphia 76ers were rolling during the first half. They were up by as much as 14 points. Life was good, Thad Young was leading the charge.

Even in the third quarter, the Sixers were holding on. It wasn’t until late in the fourth where the Hawks started to run and the Sixers couldn’t stop them. Eventually, the Sixers fell. The Hawks are currently fighting for their playoff lives after once sitting comfortably in 3rd place earlier in the season.

As you readers know, in all my years writing here, I can’t stand Lou Williams’ game. So, of course he Lou’d the game in the end. He went on a run, knocking down a couple of corner three’s and a tough layup to give the Hawks the lead for good with a couple of minutes left. He finished with 22 points.

Paul Millsap was also key for the Hawks. His offensive rebounding destroyed the Sixers’ chances. The Sixers played good defense, but couldn’t get the boards to finish it off. He ended with five offensive rebounds. The struggle was real for the Sixers.

Quick hits:

  • Michael Carter-Williams was tasting a triple-double, ending the game with 16 points, nine rebounds and nine assists.
  • Kyle Korver was struggling with his shooting. He went 1-of-6 from three-point range. But, at least we knew what happened to him. Thad Young stole his talent as he went 5-of-6 from beyond. It’s interesting because part of the reason the Sixers traded Korver was to make room for Thad’s improvement (as well as getting room to max Elton Brand, who just so happened to be playing).
  • The Sixers shot better from the field. Terrific. So, how do you shoot a better percentage and still lose? Well, the teams actually made the same amount of shots from the floor. However, and this goes back to those offensive rebounds I was talking about, the Hawks took seven more shots. The Hawks made 12 more free throws than the Sixers.
  • This was the first game for Arnett Moultrie to serve his five game suspension for violating the NBA drug policy.
  • Remember my RWB Power Rankings, where I ranked teams with the color scheme of red, white, and blue? Well, after this game, the Sixers are 2-and-11 against RWB teams while the Hawks improve to 7-and-5.
  • In NBA 2k14, I was drafted by the Hawks. Millsap is the man. Watching him tonight made me smile. Sorry.

Tweet of the Game:

Exactly, you thought the Sixers were fighting for a spot in the playoffs. The Hawks are in trouble if they can barely put the Sixers away. The more former Sixers you have, the more likely you’re gonna Sixer it up.

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