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Atlanta at Philadelphia

76ers 105, Hawks 98

CBSSports.com wire reports
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PHILADELPHIA -- For a rare night, the Philadelphia 76ers weren't searching for answers.

This time, they found a way to win with a late surge.

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Complete Playoff Race

Andre Iguodala had 25 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, Jason Kapono and Elton Brand each added 14 points, and the 76ers won consecutive games for the first time in more than six weeks with a 105-98 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.

"We said at halftime we had to make this a little more exciting and a little more uptempo," Sixers coach Eddie Jordan said.

Samuel Dalembert scored 14 points off the bench, while Jrue Holiday recorded his second career double-double with 13 points and career highs of 12 assists and seven steals for the Sixers (26-47).

"I have a lot of confidence," Holiday said. "I'm feeling comfortable. I've been working on my defense more and more, and I think it translates over to my offensive game."

Marreese Speights got the start in place of Dalembert right before tip-off. After the game, Jordan said he benched Dalembert because he was late arriving at the arena.

Philadelphia hadn't won back-to-back games since posting a five-game win streak between Jan. 31-Feb. 9.

"We found a way to close a couple of games out in a row," Brand said. "We've struggled all year doing that. It's satisfying to do it twice in a row."

It was only the 12th home win for the Sixers, who own the third-fewest in the league behind Minnesota (nine) and New Jersey (five).

Josh Smith and Joe Johnson led the Hawks with 20 points apiece, while Mike Bibby had 17. Al Horford added 13 points and 10 rebounds.

"We just didn't show up to play," Johnson said. "We acted like we could turn it on in the fourth quarter."

With a victory, the Hawks would have matched last season's total of 47. More importantly, they fell 4½ games behind first-place Orlando in the Southeast Division.

"I'm very disappointed in the way we played," Atlanta coach Mike Woodson said. "Our offense wasn't that bad, but we made a lot of mental mistakes."

After Johnson got Atlanta within 96-95 on a 3-pointer with 2:43 remaining, the Sixers responded with a 7-0 run. Dalembert scored four points during the spurt.

Smith scored 14 points in the third quarter and kept the Hawks close. His layup with 0.9 seconds left cut Philadelphia's lead to 80-75.

The Sixers increased it to 87-80, but the Hawks came right back with an 8-0 run to go ahead by one with 6:20 remaining.

"As players, we have to take it upon ourselves to come out with more intensity than we did," Johnson said.

The Hawks held a 51-49 advantage at halftime thanks largely to 13-for-16 shooting from the free throw line. The Sixers were only 6 for 11.

Notes

The Sixers played without guard Lou Williams (lower back) and forward Thaddeus Young (right thumb fracture). ... Smith was whistled for a technical foul with 25.3 seconds left in the third. ... The Sixers finished with 15 steals.

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Scoreboard
Atlanta (46-26) 2724242398
Philadelphia (26-47) «26233125105
ATL:J. Johnson 20 Pts
ATL:A. Horford 10 Reb
ATL:J. Johnson 6 Ast
PHI:A. Iguodala 25 Pts
PHI:A. Iguodala 10 Reb
PHI:J. Holiday 12 Ast
Players of the Game
PhiladelphiaAtlanta

A. Iguodala

J. Smith
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
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Atlanta
J. Smith, SF407-156-693420
J. Johnson, SG387-132-256120
A. Horford, C376-111-2103213
M. Bibby, PG306-133-332217
M. Williams, PF293-60-24116
J. Crawford, SG304-134-403312
Z. Pachulia, C151-11-26023
M. Evans, SF142-30-01005
J. Teague, PG41-10-01002
J. Smith, PF40-20-00020
J. Collins, CDid Not Play
R. Morris, CDid Not Play
M. West, SGDid Not Play
Totals 37-7817-2139181798
 47.4%81.0% 
Philadelphia
J. Holiday, PG394-125-6212313
A. Iguodala, SG399-125-10109225
E. Brand, PF377-150-060114
J. Kapono, SG335-120-051214
M. Speights, PF194-90-04148
S. Dalembert, C245-74-671014
R. Carney, SF161-20-01012
J. Smith, PF163-43-34039
W. Green, SG153-80-01126
J. Meeks, SG30-10-00000
F. Elson, CDid Not Play
A. Iverson, SGDid Not Play
L. Williams, SGDid Not Play
T. Young, SFDid Not Play
Totals 41-8217-25402518105
 50.0%68.0% 
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