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Sunday, January 11, 2009

76ers-Hawks: Iguodala Comes Up Big Again As Sixers Win Fourth Straight

The Sixers have finally seemed to pick up where they left off at the end of last season after winning their fourth straight game. They beat the Atlanta Hawks on the road 109-94, running away with the game in the fourth quarter. The biggest factor in the game has to be three point shooting, as the worst three point shooting team in the NBA in the Sixers shot 60% or 9 of 15 from behind the arc. The Sixers improved to 17-20 while the Hawks fell to 22-14.

The Sixers shot 62.9% from the field in the first half and 54.7% overall. This is the highest field goal percentage against the Hawks all season.

Andre Iguodala led the way once again, scoring 27 points, six rebounds, and nine assists including a few alley-oops with Samuel Dalembert. Iguodala shot three of four from behind the arc and has been the motor behind the Sixers' latest win surge.

Thaddeus Young added 22 points and nine rebounds. Dalembert blocked four shots. Andre Miller scored 19 points and had nine assists. The bench contributed well in this game as well for the Sixers, with Lou Williams scoring 11 and Marreese Speights scoring 12 and grabbing eight boards. Speights also caught an alley-oop pass from Williams and dunked it home.

Speights and Williams continue to get more and more minutes as they continue to play great. Speights played 23 minutes while Dalembert played 25. Williams played 25 minutes, while Willie Green played just 17.

Joe Johnson and Mike Bibby led the way for the Hawks, with Johnson scoring 25 and Bibby scoring 22. The Hawks were without starting forward Al Horford, and it hurt them the entire game.

The Sixers starting forwards were able to score a combined 56 points and the Sixers outrebounded the Hawks 39-24. The Sixers will play the Portland Trailblazers on January 14.

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