The Atlanta Hawks saw their four game winning streak snapped by the Philadelphia 76ers Friday night and will be looking for a bounce-back win against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday. Atlanta blew a halftime lead on Friday night with a poor third quarter that had coach Larry Drew clearly agitated following the game.
"It got tough for us in the third quarter and we quit. That's what happened."
"Teams are going to make runs," Drew said. "It's how you respond to runs. You either man up or you fold the tent. Tonight we certainly folded the tent in that third quarter. What's disappointing is we talked about when a team makes a run, you play through it. You don't hang your heads and feel sorry for yourself, you don't start crying to officials. You have to respond by toughening up defensively, executing your stuff even harder. I've seen us do it before. Tonight we didn't do it."
The loss drops Atlanta to 11-5 on the season. Cleveland comes into Saturday night's game off a blow-out loss to a Chicago Bulls team playing without Derrick Rose. The Bulls smashed the Cavaliers 114-75 on Friday night.
Game date/time: Saturday, January 21, 7:00 p.m. ET
Location: Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Radio: 680 The Fan, 93.7 FM
Online Streaming: NBA League Pass Broadband
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