By Tommy Matthews
Trae Young scored 26 points, Clint Capela added 18 points with 20 rebounds and the Hawks pulled away to beat the 76ers 104-95.
The Hawks led by 20 points before the 76ers pulled within seven.
Joel Embiid led the Sixers with 26 points and 13 rebounds for his second straight double-double after missing three games with the flu.
The 76ers, still adjusting after losing James Harden for approximately one month with a right foot strain, had 17 turnovers and 15 assists.
“The lack of point guard play I thought was really clear tonight,” said 76ers coach Doc Rivers. “We’re going to have to make an adjustment there.”
Tyrese Maxey made 5 of 17 shots while De’Anthony Melton had three turnovers and one assist as Philadelphia’s starting guards. Maxey has made 9 of 35 shots in his last two games.
“I’ve got to get back to attacking to score and not attacking to get to the line,” Maxey said. “It’s going to come. It’s going to come back to me.”
The 76ers’ backups, led by Montrezl Harrell, cut Atlanta’s lead to seven points with about two minutes remaining. Hawks coach Nate McMillan was forced to return all five starters for the final minute.
The 76ers couldn’t complete the comeback.
“We’ve been in a lot of close ones that should have been wins,” Maxey said. “We’ve got to break through and start winning these games.”
A steal by Dejounte Murray led to a jam by Onyeka Okongwu that extended Atlanta’s lead to 20 points at 94-74.
The Hawks led 46-42 at halftime as each team struggled with poor shooting, especially from long distance. The Hawks made 1 of 11 3-pointers in the half and finished 6 of 26. The 76ers made 2 of 14 3s in the half and 6 of 30 for the game.
Georges Niang, who scored a season-high 21 points in the 76ers’ 100-88 win over Phoenix on Monday, was scoreless before his layup tied the game at 55 midway through the third.
John Collins answered with a three-point play, giving the Hawks a lead they wouldn’t lose.