Sixers-Hawks: Even Without Thaddeus Young, Philly Comes Out on Top

Mike ThomasContributor IMarch 31, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 01:  Andre Iguodala #9  of the Philadelphia 76ers gets past Josh Smith #5 of the Atlanta Hawks on November 1, 2006 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

The Philadelphia 76ers (38-35) defeated the Atlanta Hawks (43-32) 98-85 on Tuesday.

Thaddeus Young left the game with alittle more than two minutes left in the second quarter with a sprained right ankle.

He exited the game with six points.

Thaddeus was on a streak coming into the game, scoring 20 or more the last seven games.

Willie Green got the Sixers going in the first quarter and finished the game with 15 points. Andre Iguodala had 19 points and eight assists. Andre Miller finished the game with 18 points and 10 assists. Marreese Speights came up big in Thaddeus's absence, he scored 16 points off the bench.

The Hawks, coming off a big win over the Lakers at home, shot 44 percent from the field and six of 19 from three. They looked tired all night. Leading scorer Joe Johnson got off to a slow start and finished with only 11 points and seven assists.

Josh Smith took advantage of Thaddeus Young's absence. He went 13-15 from the floor, and 3-3 from three. He finished with 33 points.

Flip Murray, a Philly native and Shaw University graduate, finished with 19 points off the bench.