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NBA scores: Hawks split weekend back-to-back

Atlanta fell on the road to Philadelphia, but came home on Saturday to make easy work of Chicago.

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The Atlanta Hawks split a back-to-back over the weekend, but not in the way most fans would have guessed. The Hawks were dropped 99-80 on Friday night by the Philadelphia 76ers in Philly, and came home on Saturday to blast the Chicago Bulls 92-75.

The Sixers' win snapped a six game losing streak, and was bolstered by the return of Jrue Holiday from injury. The Hawks turned the ball over 17 times, and shot less than 40 percent from the field. Josh Smith was the team's leading scorer with 17 points.

The story was different the next night, as the Hawks put up 36 in the second quarter to build a big lead and snap a two game losing streak. Al Horford led the team with 20 points and 10 rebounds, and was one of five players who scored in double figures. The team outrebounded the Bulls 45-31.

The Hawks play again on Dec. 26, when they host the Detroit Pistons.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.