Atlanta did not come to Philly to play around and clearly won 107-85. Hawks dominated in every aspect of the game (48% from the field vs 41%, 12/23 from behind the arc vs 9/25, 34 assists vs 20, 47 rebounds vs 35).
Starting from the first half with a 12 point lead already at halftime 49-37 (25-20 and 24-17). Nevertheless, the performance of MCW (20 pts – 8 for 13 – 9 rbs and 4 ast) helped the Sixers tying the gam up at 33-33 with 6 minutes left in the first half. But in front them Al Horford was fighting back getting his first triple-double with 21 points (8/10), 10 rebounds and 10 assists along with
17 points, 5 rebounds and 1 assist from Kent Bazemore.
From that point on it seemed to be mission impossible for the Sixers, especially as the 3rd quarter started on the same pace (25-18) and the Hawks will take the lead up to 22 points. The fourth quarter will be a formality for the Hawks (31-32) who end up winning 107-85. A little set back for the Sixers who won 3 of their last 4 games and lose Tony Wroten with a sprained right knee on top of that.
In this situation it wasn’t easy for the Sixers to to play back to back the next day in Toronto. The scenario isn’t really the same but at the end the score is very similar.
The Raptors did’t waste any time to break away from the Sixers with a 13-0 to start the game. Toronto is ahead (34-19) but the Sixers will fire back in the second quarter with a 12-1, led by a good Michael Carter-Williams ( 29 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals ). Nerlens Noel records 8 points in this act ( total 12 points, 8 rebounds and 1 ast ). The 76ers close out the gap only being down by 4 at the half (50-46).
But Philly will go through a free fall just like in the beginning of the game and go scoreless for almost 4’30 ». Therefore the Raptors take their chance to widen the gap. Even though the 76ers score 23 points in this quarter, Raptors stay ahead with a 10 point-lead to get into the last quarter. However Philly isn’t trying to quit and is used to crazy ending scenarios. KJ McDaniels (10 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist) keeps hope alive with a shot followed by 2 free throws (79-73). Philadelphia won’t be able to ever catch up with Toronto who even finishes on a 7-0 (29-23 in the 4th). Raptors wins it 100-84. As usual Luc Mbah a Moute was in the starting line up in these two games.
Philadelphia stays 14th in the east with 7 W/31 L.
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