Hawks 86, 76ers 75
“I’ve never played an NBA season from the beginning and not gone to the playoffs and had games at the end of the season that don’t mean anything,” Snow said. “But that’s where we’re headed if we keep doing what we’re doing.”
The Sixers, losers of three straight and four of five, were without Iverson because their leading scorer stayed home with an injured right shoulder. Glenn Robinson, the team’s second-leading scorer, missed the second half with a strained right elbow.
Kenny Thomas, Philadelphia’s third-leading scorer, wasn’t in uniform because of a sprained right thumb.
“It would’ve been a more competitive game with Iverson and Glenn Robinson, but we just need a victory any way we can get it,” Jackson said. “We’re playing well together. I think the new-addition guys are making us deeper on defense.”
Iverson, tied with Orlando’s Tracy McGrady for a league-high 27.4 scoring average, missed his second straight game. Interim coach Chris Ford doesn’t know if Iverson, who had 50 points against the Hawks in a 98-86 win Nov. 29, will be available for Philadelphia’s next game, Saturday at Indiana.
The Sixers (23-36) entered Tuesday tied with Boston for 10th place in the Eastern Conference. The top eight teams make the playoffs.
“I think everyone in that locker room should be disappointed,” said Ford, whose team has lost six of its last seven games on the road and 15 of 20 overall. “They have to decide if they really want to get after it now.”
Atlanta played the second half with only eight players after guard Dion Glover left with a groin pull and center Zeljko Rebraca hurt his back. Guard Wesley Person did not suit up because of a sprained right knee.
“Fatigue was definitely a factor for me tonight,” said Atlanta guard Bob Sura, who came off the bench to contribute eight points, five rebounds and three assists in 28 minutes. “I have the flu and all that. We caught a break with their injuries tonight.”
Snow led the Sixers with 17 points, but he and the other Philadelphia starters shot a combined 0-of-9 in the third quarter. The Sixers trailed by 24 in the third when Sura hit a fast-break layup.
“I guess everybody has to look at themselves in the mirror and say, ‘Hey, I’m just going to come out and play hard,”’ Snow said. “And if everybody does that collectively, maybe we can figure it out.”
Jackson’s 3-pointer gave Atlanta its first double-digit lead at 46-36. He finished with 11 rebounds, tying a career high.
“I’m not going to lie to you and say I’m not upset with all the changes they made,” Jackson said. “It has been frustrating. But it’s a business. I’m just glad I wasn’t traded.”
Aaron McKie’s layup with 3:05 remaining cut the lead to 81-71, but Crawford answered with a 3-pointer 20 seconds later.
“I think we just went away a little bit from what we’d been doing on defense,” Crawford said of Philadelphia’s late run. “We played them three quarters and we were able to hold them off.”
Robinson scored three points on 1-of-5 shooting.
Philadelphia shot just 14.3 percent in the third and finished at 36.1 percent from the floor. In a 76-66 loss to Detroit on Monday, the Sixers made 30.1 percent. … Atlanta had lost five of seven against the Sixers. … C Joel Pryzbilla blocked five shots for the Hawks, and C Samuel Dalembert had fiveblocks for the Sixers.