Playoff-bound Hawks light up Sixers

Jrue Holiday and Damien Wilkins watch their teammates take on the Hawks late in the game. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Jrue Holiday and Damien Wilkins watch their teammates take on the Hawks late in the game. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer) (Daily News/Inquirer)
Posted: April 12, 2013

The Atlanta Hawks, still trying to improve their playoff position, easily handled the 76ers, who are playing out the string, 124-101, at the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night.

The 124 points are the most the Sixers have given up at home all season.

Leading by 59-51 at the end of the first half, the Hawks converted 14 of 23 shots in the third quarter in extending the lead to 93-73 at the start of the fourth.

Thaddeus Young scored 22 of his team-high 28 points in the first half to lead all scorers. He did not play in the fourth quarter.

Josh Smith led Atlanta with 28 points. The Hawks shot 53.8 percent from the floor compared to 42 percent for the Sixers.

Seeded sixth in the Eastern Conference heading into Wednesday's games, the Hawks were just 31/2 games out of the fourth spot, which is occupied by Brooklyn, and a half-game behind fifth-seeded Chicago. Brooklyn played at Boston on Wednesday; Chicago was idle.


Contact John N. Mitchell at jmitchell@philly.com. Follow @JmitchInquirer on Twitter.

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