76ers 112, Hawks 103
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Hersey Hawkins scored 27 points as the Philadelphia 76ers held off a rally to defeat Atlanta 112-103 Wednesday night, snapping the Hawks’ seven-game winning streak.
Johnny Dawkins and Charles Barkley each added 23 points for Philadelphia, which led 60-46 at halftime and never trailed.
Dominique Wilkins, who led all scorers with a season-high 38 points, combined with Spud Webb to rally the Hawks in the third period. Wilkins’ driving layup with 24 seconds left cut the Philadelphia lead to 78-75.
A jumper by Webb enabled Atlanta to close to 88-86 with 8:27 to play, but Philadelphia’s 12-6 run in the next four minutes sealed the outcome.
Two free throws by Wilkins made it 106-100 with 1:05 left before Barkley and Hawkins divided four free throws to seal the victory.
Ron Anderson added 15 points and Rick Mahorn and Mike Gminski had 10 each for the 76ers. Antoine Carr added 17 points for the Hawks.
″We really needed this one to get back on the track,″ Hawkins said. The 76ers were coming off two defeats, including a 97-82 loss at New Jersey on Tuesday.
″When you get embarrassed, like we did last night, you want to come out and perform well,″ he said.
Dawkins, who was 11 for 23, said he benefitted from the Hawks’ focus on his teammates.
″They double-team Charles Barkley a lot and Rick Mahorn is down low, so they can’t let him alone, and Hersey Hawkins is a good shooter, so they can’t let him alone, and that leaves little old me,″ Dawkins said.
″I’m just glad I was able to stick the shots when I had them.″
Philadelphia coach Jim Lynam said the Dawkins-Hawkins guard matchup provided good balance.
″They were shooting from the outside and taking it to the bucket,″ he said.
Atlanta coach Mike Fratello said his team’s energy seemed low as the 76ers jumped ahead early.
″But I still felt we had a chance,″ he said. ″I’m proud of this team. We were down, but we came back and cut it to two.″
Moses Malone played just 19 minute and scored three points.
″I went with the group that kept us in the game,″ Fratello said. ″And they earned the right to stay on the floor.″
Wilkins said he felt Atlanta committed too many turnovers with 15.
″We didn’t play our best game,″ he said.