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Hawks Vs. 76ers: Philadelphia Defeats Atlanta, 98-87

Atlanta and Philadelphia both look to rebound from home losses Saturday night, while the Hawks hope to end their losing ways again the 76ers.

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NBA Standings 2012: Hawks Holding Onto Second Place In Southeast Division

The Atlanta Hawks dropped two games in a row for only the second time this season and slipped a game and a half behind the Miami Heat for first place in the NBA's Southeast division. Atlanta is one game in front of the Orlando Magic whom they will take on for the first time this season on Friday, February 10.


Southeast Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Miami 17 6 .739 0 Won 1
Atlanta 16 8 .666 1.5 Lost 2
Orlando 15 9 .625 2.5 Won 3
Washington 4 20 .166 13.5 Lost 4
Charlotte 3 21 .125 14.5 Lost 11

(updated 2.5.2012 at 11:17 AM EST)


Atlanta currently sits in fifth place in the conference race as the East remains tightly bunched. Chicago leads the conference and is followed by Miami and Philadelphia. The Indiana Pacers are currently fourth and will visit Philips Arena on Wednesday.

For more on the Atlanta Hawks be sure to check out Peachtree Hoops. For more NBA news and analysis head on over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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Jason Collins Injury: Hawks Center Out Minimum Of Two Weeks With Sprained Elbow

Atlanta Hawks center Jason Collins will miss a minimum of two weeks with a sprained elbow according to a release by the team. Collins had an MRI exam on Friday but the Hawks didn't elaborate as to whether there was any ligament damage in the elbow.

"I didn't break it, didn't dislocate it. We will look at it in two weeks and be re-evaluated."

Without Collins, Atlanta is extremely thin with Zaza Pachulia the only healthy true center remaining on the roster. Ivan Johnson has played backup minutes at the center position even when Collins was healthy. Hawks coach Larry Drew told the AJC prior to Saturday's game that the Hawks were looking at candidates to sign a 10-day contract with the club to provide some depth. The free agent center market isn't exactly overloaded with talented options at this point in the season however.

For more on Jason Collins injury and the Atlanta Hawks be sure to check out Peachtree Hoops. For more NBA news and analysis head on over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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Hawks Vs. 76ers Final Score: Philadelphia Bests Atlanta, 98-87

The Atlanta Hawks were defeated for only the third time all season at home as they fell 98-87 to the Philadelphia 76ers. This battle between two the best teams in the Eastern Conference was not as close as the final score indicated. The 76ers started to run away with this game as they outscored the Hawks by 20 points between the second and third quarters.

The Hawks made a comeback attempt in the fourth quarter but they could never get close enough to challenge the 76ers. The 76ers were able to spread the scoring around with five players scoring in double figures with rookie Nikola Vucevic leading the way with a career-high 15 points, and it certainly helped that they shot 50 percent from the field.

The Hawks had a tough time shooting the ball tonight as they were 43 percent from the field and tried to use the three-point shot to get back in this game, but that did not work as they went only 5 of 15 from beyond the arc.

The Hawks did get solid performances from Jeff Teague who scored 21 points, Joe Johnson chipped in with 16 points and Ivan Johnson scored 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds off of the bench. Those three players were the offense for the Hawks Saturday night and it was not enough to counter the hot shooting 76ers.

For more on the Atlanta Hawks, check out Peachtree Hoops. For info on the Philadelphia 76ers, visit Liberty Ballers. For all your NBA news, head over to SB Nation's NBA page.

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Hawks Vs. 76ers: Game Preview, TV Info And More

Atlanta and Philadelphia both look to rebound from home losses Saturday night, while the Hawks hope to end their losing ways again the 76ers.

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