ATLANTA – The Sixers were playing their eighth game in 12 days, including games on back-to-back nights, and their road woes continued on Wednesday night with a 107-96 loss to the Hawks.
The defeat stands as the Sixers’ 11th straight loss away from home. The last time Doug Collins’ crew won in an arena not named the Wells Fargo Center was on Jan. 1, when they beat the Lakers at the Staples Center.
Atlanta was playing at Philips Arena for the first time in seven games and snapped a three-game losing streak.
Nick Young missed his fourth straight game with a sprained left ankle; he did not make the three-game road swing.
The Sixers came back from 12 down at the half and were twice within three points in the third quarter, but the final 6:38 belonged to the home team. Atlanta outscored the Sixers 23-5 to close the quarter and led by 21 entering the fourth.
Follow the leader
Jeff Teague led the Hawks with 27 points and 11 assists. Al Horford had a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Josh Smith added a quiet 13 points.
Thaddeus Young scored in double figures with 16 points. He and Jrue Holiday were the lone starters in double figures. Holiday had 11 points and 12 assists. Spencer Hawes grabbed 11 rebounds.
Damien Wilkins scored a season-high 21 points, while Dorell Wright added 20 points. It was Wright’s fourth straight game scoring in double figures.
Twenty-four hours after the Celtics connected on 11 of 19 from behind the arc against the Sixers, the Hawks dropped 11 of 24 from long distance. The Sixers were 6 of 17.
Take a bow
Anthony Tolliver came off the Hawks’ bench and led the way in the first half with 15 points on 5 of 6 shooting. He had more points in the half than minutes played (14).
Tolliver finished with 21 points, making five threes and shooting 7 of 10 from the floor.
It was just his third double-figure scoring output this season. He was averaging 5.6 points and 3.6 rebounds entering the night.
The Sixers play at Miami Friday and that is hardly what the doctor would order for a team on an 11-game road skid. Miami is riding a 16-game winning streak.
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