ATLANTA Here are five things (and one bonus rant) we gleaned from the Hawks' 107-96 win over the hapless Sixers on Wednesday:
1. So much for Atlanta's irritating six-game slide against Philly
You know it's a good night for the Hawks when point guard Jeff Teague (27 points, 11 assists) encounters little resistance in his dribble-drive moves to the paint.
On the flip side, it's hard for the Sixers (23-37) to sell hope to a ravenous fan base when Damien Wilkins an NBA survivor at 33, but no longer in his prime must shoulder the scoring load on the tail end of back-to-back games.
As such, the Hawks (54 percent shooting, 11 of 24 three-pointers made) were undaunted by the 8-0 deficit after five minutes. Over the next 14 minutes, they would steamroll the 76ers by a 48-24 count.
"(Philadelphia) is a team that we've had problems with in the past. We had lost to them six straight times," said Hawks head coach Larry Drew in the postgame. "I wanted our guys to show a sense of urgency ...