Tuesday, February 5, 2008
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ATLANTA - Josh Smith had 19 points, nine assists and nine blocks, and the Atlanta Hawks overcame an abysmal first quarter in a 96-91 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night.
Josh Childress scored 21 points and Joe Johnson added 18 for the Hawks, who trailed by 20 in the first quarter.
Atlanta led 91-88 before turning the ball over on an offensive foul by rookie Al Horford with 1:20 left. Philadelphia rookie Thaddeus Young, a Georgia Tech product making his first return to Atlanta, missed on the other end, and a basket by Horford pushed the Hawks' lead to five.
Horford then blocked a shot by Andre Miller, who scored 29 points.
Andre Iguodala's three-point play with 19.5 seconds to go cut Atlanta's lead to 94-91, but Smith answered with two free throws.
Iguodala had 22 points. Young added 11 and Willie Green had 10. Samuel Dalembert had nine points and 13 rebounds.
Smith matched the Hawks' record with eight blocks in the first half. He also had four steals and six rebounds in the game.
The 76ers led by 20 late in the opening quarter and were up 32-14 after one. The 76ers outscored the sluggish Hawks 15-0 on fastbreak points in the period.
The rest before the second period seemed to invigorate Smith and the Hawks. Smith equaled a team record with six blocks in the quarter as the Hawks cut it to 50-44 at halftime.