Atlanta's Josh Smith single-handedly dictated the course of tonight's game, blocking nine shots and scoring 19 points in a 96-91 comeback victory over Philadelphia. The Sixers jumped out early, taking a 20-point first-quarter lead, but then Atlanta dropped into a zone defense anchored by Smith's inside presence, taking Philly out of the transition game that had fueled its quick start.
"Josh really altered the game with his blocked shots," Sixers guard Andre Miller, who had 29 points, told the Journal-Constitution. Josh Childress (21) and Joe Johnson (18) were the Hawks' other top scorers. Just for good measure, Smith added nine assists and six rebounds, too. Rookie Al Horford had a key blocked shot to protect the Atlanta lead late.