Miller stays hot, as 76ers down Hawks
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Fresh off his triple-double from a night
before, Andre Miller poured in 19 points, pulled down seven rebounds and
dished out eight assists to help Philadelphia defeat Atlanta, 104-89, at
Miller, who recorded his seventh career triple-double in Friday’s 105-97 loss
to Cleveland, finished 8-of-14 shooting, while Andre Iguodala led the Sixers
with 24 points on 7-of-16 from the field and 10-of-13 from the line.
“It was a solid game by us,” Sixers coach Maurice Cheeks said. “After the game
last night, to bounce back the way we played, I thought our defense was
Samuel Dalembert had a double-double with 19 points and 10 boards, including
seven blocks, and Steven Hunter posted 15 points for Philadelphia, which has
won four of its last six games.
Josh Smith netted 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Hawks, who had a
two-game winning streak halted. Marvin Williams added 18 points, Joe Johnson
donated 16 with nine helpers and Josh Childress scored 11 points in defeat.
“I think their record doesn’t speak for how hard they play,” Smith said. “They
play together and they play good team basketball. It’s just frustrating for us
to be on the road and win two of three, and to be at home and not be able to
get a win.”
Kyle Korver nailed a jumper to put the Sixers on top, 27-16, in the first
before Childress’ two free throws cut Atlanta’s deficit to nine at the end of
In the second, the Hawks got as close as three, 35-32, after Smith’s dunk, but
Philadelphia scored the next six points and regained a 10-point edge with
Miller’s jumper at the 3:44 mark.
The Sixers led 55-48 at halftime.
A Smith jump shot closed Atlanta to within one at 62-61 midway through the
third. However, Miller drained a pair from the line, Hunter nailed a layup and
Iguodala made both of his free throws for a seven-point Philadelphia cushion,
which stood at 76-69 at the end of the frame.
It was all Sixers in the fourth as they went on a 10-0 spurt — led by
Miller’s eight points — to go up 87-75 with 7:17 remaining and maintained
a double-digit advantage the rest of the way. The Hawks were outscored, 28-20
in the quarter.
Korver finished with 11 points off the bench…Zaza Pachulia had seven points
and nine boards for the Hawks…Philadelphia shot 54 percent from the field
while Atlanta finished 40 percent shooting…Prior to the game, Atlanta signed
forward Jeremy Richardson to a 10-day contract.