The Philadelphia 76ers (13-14) were able to get a double-digit win against the Atlanta Hawks. The Sixers were simply the better team tonight all across the board. They received a big boost from Evan Turner and Thaddeus Young, who had 21 and 18 points respectively.
Turner and Jrue Holiday were both listed as questionable for the game but were able to play. Lou Williams’ return home did not go as planned, as he recorded only 13 points on 4-12 shooting. Lets take a look at the keys to victory for the Sixers:
The Sixers did a great job moving the ball around with a team total of 31. The 3 main ball-handlers for the Sixers (Holiday, Turner, Jason Richardson) helped had 7, 6, and 7 assists respectively. The ball movement was great and it allowed their offense to flow well. The Sixers shot 51% from the field .
Points in the Paint
Philadelphia completed dominated the paint with 40 points compared to the Hawks’ 24. The majority of Thad Young’s 18 came from inside the paint. The Sixers’ ability shutdown Al Horford was crucial. He was held to 6 points and shot 2-10 from the field. The Hawks have a few three point shooters including Jeff Teague, Kyle Korver, and Deshawn Stevenson, so the Sixers realized that they could not allow the Hawks to get an inside game going.
X-Factor: Jason Richardson (PHI)
Jason Richardson played relatively well tonight. Richardson has not been putting the ball in the net efficiently, shooting 41% , but was 7-for-12 tonight and produced 17 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists. Richardson also nailed 3 of his 6 three-point shots. He was on his game tonight and it showed.
Player of the Game: Thaddeus Young (PHI)
Although he was not the leading scorer, Thaddeus Young deserves tonight’s Player of the Game award. He had a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Young also played well defensively tying a career-high 5 steals, guarding two of the league’s elite big-men in Al Horford and Josh Smith. He plastered both throughout the game for 40 minutes and continues his career-best season.