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Hawks win, inch closer to playoff berth

PHILADELPHIA - 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 on Saturday 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.

After Cleveland lost to Orlando on Saturday, the Sixers could have climbed within two games of the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Instead, they fell from fifth to sixth pending the outcome of the Washington-Chicago game.

Atlanta led 70-57 after the third quarter and maintained an advantage throughout the fourth. The Sixers chipped away and cut it to 90-85 on a 3-pointer by Carney with 1:20 remaining.

But the Hawks took advantage of an offensive rebound by Horford and soon sealed the win on a jumper by Bibby with 34 seconds left.

Atlanta led by as many as 12 points in the first half and cruised to a 55-44 advantage at halftime thanks to 56 percent shooting from the field.

Willie Green, Reggie Evans and Dalembert combined to miss all 10 of their field goals for the Sixers. Green was 0-for-7.

Notes: Atlanta is closing in on its first playoff berth since 1998-99. The Hawks entered the game with a three-game lead over Indiana for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference. 'We control our own destiny,' coach Mike Woodson said. Sixers public address announcer Matt Cord missed the game, his first absence in 11 years. Cord was recovering from neck injuries suffered in a car accident. Tom Lamaine filled in.