Howard has 22 points, 20 rebounds in Hawks' win over 76ers

Maybe if I scored some easy layups or three points more, maybe we win this game."Still, despite Saric's understandable fatigue, he still finished with 15 points and seven rebounds.Bigger picture, performances such as Richaun Holmes' 25-point effort and the balanced scoring that comes with five players reaching double figures is a glimpse of what Brown is both trying to instill into his players and what might be to come in future years with the likes of Embiid, Simmons and potential reinforcements coming in this year's NBA Draft and a summer's worth of free agency".

The Hawks led by as many as 11 points, but struggled to put the Sixers away.

"A lot of it was just Dwight", Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer said. "That was our message, our mantra". The city has a hardness about it, that we want to replicate. "Even when we were down, they stepped up and did that". "It feels great to get a win", Schroder told reporters.

With an National Basketball Association playoff berth hanging in the balance, the Atlanta Hawks are trying to regain their form. There's no word yet on a potential minutes limit, but after missing five straight games with a knee injury, it wouldn't be hugely surprising if the Hawks don't give him a normal workload.

After two games in as many nights, the Hawks get two days off before a pair of weekend games in Chicago on Saturday and in Brooklyn on Sunday.

"He's a kid that I remember the first time he stepped on the court with me, he was just like excited", Howard said. We feel like he is making progress.

Covington had played in 67 games, all as a starter, averaging 12.9 points and being one of the Sixers' more reliable defenders.

"I feel like the excitement of this group overachieving is going to better let me set the table", Brown said. Assuming nothing happens between now and the weekend, I'm actually upbeat. "I think in relation with what goes on down the road with further news, that won't be directed through me".

Bazemore is expected to play against the Sixers, and Sefolosha is expected to make the trip to Philadelphia, though his status remains in question.

The total remained at 28 after the depleted Sixers lost, 99-92, to the Hawks. Jahlil Okafor (right knee) and Robert Covington (right knee) sat out.

Gerald Henderson was listed as probable with left hip soreness.

It is not clear when Okafor will be available.

Ersan Ilyasova (14 points) proved to be a devastating complement to Howard in his return to Philly. He was also plagued by calf problems. "It's my first game after 13 months". "I just tried to do the best I could, and I was able to score a little bit tonight". That's the beauty of the game.

He added: "This group has exceeded expectations all over the place".

At one point in the fourth quarter, the Sixers on the floor were Justin Anderson, Dario Saric, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, Shawn Long and Nik Stauskas.

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