By: Kylan Watson
The Philadelphia 76ers were riding high as they headed into a prime-time revenge game against the Atlanta Hawks. Philly clearly had last year on their minds. As they used an offensive barrage to destroy the Hawks 122-94.
Philly jumped on the Hawks from the opening tipoff. They were able to hit their shots early, and were powered by Tobias Harris. He scored 22-points and grabbed 11 rebounds. It did not matter what the Hawks defenders threw at him. He was able to attack them from the three-point line, perimeter, and the paint. He took full advantage of the overmatched defenders. He gave Philly a lift when it looked like the Hawks were going on a late scoring run. He got some hard earned buckets to will the Sixers back ahead and sink the Hawks.
Despite the offensive explosion from Harris, Atlanta continued to battle back into the game. They were able to cut the lead to nine points late in the second quarter. Thanks to their shooters hitting some clutch three-pointers. However, Philly’s suffocating defensive play stifled Atlanta’s offense. They only hit eight three-pointers and had 19 turnovers.
The turnovers propelled Philly’s offense they were able to get some easy buckets and hit some easy three-pointers because the Hawks were not prepared on defense. At times Atlanta looked like an overmatched team. Like they did not expect this kind of offensive and defensive play from Philly.
The Sixers will now prepare for the Portland Trailblazers on Monday night. They will need another strong night on both sides of the ball if they want to keep the backcourt of Portland in check, and get their fifth win of the season.