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Hawks sweep Sixers for first time in 17 years

Williams dunks for 2 of his 22 points
Williams dunks for 2 of his 22 points
Scott Cunningham

Philly may have finally stopped their NBA record-tying losing streak at 26 following a 123-98 win against Detroit on Saturday. The Hawks made sure the Sixers wouldn’t win their second game in a row following a 103-95 Atlanta victory on Monday.

Paul Millsap led all players in both points and rebounds as he recorded 28 and 17, respectively. Millsap was the only player to record a double-double tonight, his 24th of the season.

The game didn’t start out the way Atlanta hoped as Philly built up a 31-18 lead after the first quarter. Georgia Tech alum and current Sixer Thaddeus Young started out the game strong, scoring 11 points in the first quarter including going 3-for-4 from beyond the arc. He finished the game going 7-for-10 from the field and 5-of-6 from beyond the arc for a team-leading 23 points.

Atlanta had to spend the all of the second quarter and the majority of the third quarter crawling back into the game. DeMarre Carroll made a layup with less than two minutes left in the third quarter to give Atlanta a 75-73 lead, their first since the first few minutes of the game when they led 5-4. Carroll finished the game with only nine points but he added five rebounds, four assists and two steals during the game.

The teams traded the lead for the rest of the game and it wasn’t until the last three minutes of the game that Lou Williams put Atlanta up for good with a 94-92 lead. Williams finished with 22 points and was one of the four Hawks to score in double figures for the night. Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver finished with 12 and 11 points, respectively.

For Atlanta, this win stops a six-game losing skid of their own. The Hawks will stay at home as the Chicago Bulls come to Philips Arena this Wednesday. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 pm EST.

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