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Hawks 125, 76ers 99

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PHILADELPHIA -- Veteran forward Elton Brand had a season-high 18 points against his former team Friday night as the Atlanta Hawks rolled to a 125-99 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.

The 34-year-old Brand, in his 15th season, shot 8-for-12 off the Atlanta bench to lead seven players in double figures. Brand, who played four seasons in Philadelphia (2008-12), also had eight rebounds.

Another reserve, forward Mike Scott, also had 18 for the Hawks (24-21), with 16 of those coming in the second quarter. Guard/forward Demarre Carroll had 13, while guards Lou Williams and Jeff Teague and forward Paul Millsap had 12 each. Guard/forward Kyle Korver chipped in 11.

Williams and Korver are also former Sixers, as is another reserve, guard Shelvin Mack. Mack had eight points off the bench, as Atlanta's reserves outscored Philadelphia's bench 70-41.

Forward Thaddeus Young had 29 points, one shy of his season high, to pace the Sixers (15-32), who have dropped four of their last five. They have also lost five straight at home, and 11 of 13.

Guard Michael Carter-Williams added 17 points and reserve guard Elliot Williams had a season-high 14 for Philadelphia.

The Hawks, who trailed only in the game's opening minutes, put the game away by outscoring the Sixers 22-4 over a five-minute stretch in the third quarter. Brand and Millsap scored six points apiece in the flurry, while Philadelphia missed seven of nine shots and turned the ball over four times.

When Sixers coach Brett Brown called a 20-second timeout with 1:47 left in the period, the crowd serenaded the Sixers with boos. Immediately after the timeout Philadelphia committed a shot-clock violation, and Hawks guard Dennis Schroder had a three-point play to make the score 102-70.

Young poured in 16 points, including three 3-pointers, in the first quarter. The Sixers nonetheless found themselves trailing 27-21 as they turned the ball over 10 times, their highest total in any quarter this season.

Scott answered with his 16-point outburst in the second period, when the Hawks stretched their lead to 64-50. But with .1 left in the half it was ruled that Teague, who returned after missing the two previous games with an ankle sprain, had fouled Young as he attempted a shot from midcourt.

Young, who finished the half with 23 points, made two of three free throws to narrow the gap to 64-52.

Scott's 16 points paced the Hawks in the half, and in all Atlanta's reserves outscored the Philadelphia bench 38-25.

Atlanta extended its advantage to 21, at 79-58, early in the third quarter, weathered a brief Philadelphia flurry and then went on the decisive 22-4 spree.

NOTES: The game featured a matchup of former San Antonio Spurs assistants Brett Brown and Mike Budenholzer, first-year coaches for the Sixers and Hawks, respectively. Brown said it is easy to see "hints of some Spur discipline in (Atlanta's) structure." Budenholzer agreed that there are similarities in the approaches taken by his team and Brown's but also said there are many different resources to draw upon when it comes to building a club. "We've taken what's good," he said, "and hopefully melded it with our groups." ... Brown also professed admiration for David Stern, who is stepping down as NBA commissioner after 30 years. "This is truly a global sport," said Brown, who once coached in Australia and has traveled extensively. "The NBA logo means something. His runs are on the board, and what he's done for the sport is amazing." ... Hawks G-F Kyle Korver extended to 114 his consecutive-game streak in which he has hit at least one 3-pointer.

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