Smith Leads Upstart Hawks Past Suns
Clippers Cassell drops 35 on Pacers, 76ers roll over Bobcats 94-63
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2007 10:36 PM CST
Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith gets past Phoenix Suns forward Boris Diaw (3), of France, and forward Shawn Marion, right, during the first half of basketball action, Wednesday Nov. 7, 2007, in Atlanta....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Atlanta is offering some early season validation to the many pundits who picked them as a sleeper this season. The Hawks beat the Suns 105-96 to give the young squad another victory over a 60-win club from last year, after upsetting Dallas on opening night. Atlanta was led by Josh Smith’s 22 points and 10 rebounds, according to the AP. Elsewhere in the Association:

  • In an unlikely battle of undefeated teams the Clippers emerged victorious over the Pacers 104-89. The venerable Sam Cassell led the way for Los Angeles with 35 points.
  • Philadelphia dismantled Charlotte 94-63. The Bobcats were missing their lightning-quick point guard Raymond Felton, and their offense sputtered without him. Andre Iguodala led the Sixers with 19 points.