ATLANTA - Jeff Teague didn't let a 27-point game keep him from being, as usual, the first one dressed and out of the locker room. And there he was, striding down the hallway seconds after the Atlanta Hawks locker room opened following the 107-96 win over the Philadelphia 76ers Wednesday night at Philips Arena.
Instead of gloating about besting the Sixers' All-Star Jrue Holiday, who had only four points through three quarters, Teague deflected the credit, especially to Anthony Tolliver, who had his best game as a Hawk, scoring 21 points, including five 3-point shots.
"We just played well as a team," Teague said with a straight face.
Coming off a six-game, 10-day road trip, the Hawks (34-26) couldn't buy a basket until Josh Smith's layup at 7:01 of the opening period. After managing to tie the game at 12-12 at 4:10, Atlanta took off, ending a three-game losing streak.
"I Hawcould see early from a fatigue standpoint, we had some guys that were tired," Hawks coach Larry Drew said. "I wanted our guys to show a sense of urgency early playing a team like this. I told them, over the last six games, they've owned us and we had to step up to the challenge."
The Sixers (23-37), who came into the game having beaten the Hawks six straight times, but who were on the second night of a back-to-back set -- they lost 109-101 to the Boston Celtics at home on Tuesday -- appeared dispirited after the Hawks snapped out of their first-quarter funk. Once the game was tied in the first quarter, the Sixers dragged through the rest of the first half.
Al Horford, whose string of consecutive 20-point games ended with an 18-point game against the Denver Nuggets on Monday, scored 21 points and had 12 rebounds. Smith was held to 13 points and six rebounds.
Kyle Korver's 23-foot jump shot at 6:14 in the first quarter extended to 53 his streak of consecutive games hitting at least one 3-point basket. He finished with nine points.
The 76ers came out re-energized to start the third quarter, closing to within three points, 68-65, at 5:37. But the Hawks spurted ahead once again and led by 21 points, 91-70, at the end of the quarter.
"I thought the eight games in 12 nights and the back-to-back, I thought we played with a lot of fatigue," Sixers coach Doug Collins said. "We were just a step behind. We were very fortunate to start the game -- they weren't ready to roll. We were up 8-0. I thought we should have been up 15-0."
Thaddeus Young scored the first six points of the game -- by either team -- and finished with 16 points and six rebounds, and Dorell Wright had 20 points. Spencer Hawes pulled down 11 rebounds and added eight points. Damien Wilkins, who had 12 points through three quarters, ended up with a season-high 21. Holiday had only 11 points but he had 12 assists.
"I think we tried to give it our all," Holiday said, "especially at first. But I think as much as we've been playing, and the game that we had last night and how we've been fighting, it's just sometimes, when you give it your all it's just not as sharp and as quick as you want it to be.
"I just don't think we had the pop that we did. I think sometimes when fatigue kicks in, it's hard to concentrate sometimes, especially coming on a back to back like that. I think we just need some rest."
Philadelphia has now lost 10 of its last 11 games.
NOTES: The Hawks signed guard Shelvin Mack to a 10-day contract, recalled rookie forward Mike Scott from the Bakersfield Jam, their NBA Development League affiliate and waived forward/center Jeremy Tyler, acquired from the Golden State Warriors on Feb. 21. Mack signed two 10-day contracts with the Sixers on Jan. 17 and Jan. 28. Tyler played five minutes in the March 4 game at the Denver Nuggets. ... Drew has been wanting a speedy point guard to back up Jeff Teague and Devin Harris for those times when he wants to start both of them, as he did for Wednesday's game, hence the Mack signing. ... Zaza Pachulia missed another game -- his second consecutive and eighth since Jan. 23 -- with a sore right Achilles. ... The Sixers beat writers converged on former Sixer Lou Williams as soon as the Hawks' locker room opened. Williams, well regarded from his days in Philadelphia, where he played 455 games from 2005-12, is out for the season with a torn right ACL. "I miss Lou Williams," Collins said before the game. "One of my favorite guys." Williams did a segment for the Sixers' pregame show. ... Korver, who played for the Sixers from 2003 through part of the 2007-08 season, was greeted warmly by Sixers media and personnel as well.