Hawks Build Big Lead, Hold Off 76ers

Johnson scores 22 to help Atlanta bounce back against Philly
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Apr 5, 2008 11:41 PM CDT
Atlanta Hawks' Marvin Williams, right, defends as Philadelphia 76ers' Reggie Evans puts back a rebound during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday , April 5, 2008, in Philadelphia.    (AP Photo/H. Rumph, Jr.)
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(Newser) – Joe Johnson scored 22 points, Josh Smith added 18 points and 10 rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks built a big lead and held off the surging Philadelphia 76ers 92-85 last night. Marvin Williams contributed 18 points, Al Horford had 10 points and 12 rebounds, and Mike Bibby had 10 points for the Hawks (36-41), who responded after losing to the Sixers 109-104 on Friday in Atlanta.

Andre Iguodala scored 25 points for Philadelphia, which had clinched a playoff berth for the first time in three years with Friday's win. Andre Miller added 18, Lou Williams and Rodney Carney had 13 apiece and Samuel Dalembert had 10 rebounds for the 76ers (39-38), who had their two-game winning streak snapped. Still, they have won 21 of their last 29 games.