76ers never let Hawks in game

Atlanta forward Josh Smith is fouled by Philadelphia forward Elton Brand, who had 13 of his 17 points in the first half.

ATLANTA --- The 76ers were impressive in running out to a 20-point lead in the first quarter against Atlanta.


Philadelphia coach Doug Collins was even more impressed with the way his team protected that advantage, never letting the Hawks back in the game.

Elton Brand scored 13 of his 17 points in the first half, and Philadelphia kept up the pressure in the second half and cruised to a 117-83 win over Atlanta on Tuesday night.

"I never could have imagined that kind of win tonight," Collins said.

"I mean, our guys have been playing well. But we came out and had a real sense of purpose."

Louis Williams, from South Gwinnett High School near Atlanta, had 20 points to lead six Philadelphia scorers in double figures. Thaddeus Young and Jodie Meeks each had 16.

Philadelphia shot 54.4 percent from the field and took a 50-35 advantage in rebounds.

"Our defense was nonexistent," Atlanta's Joe Johnson said. "They got everything they wanted."

Johnson had only six points to match his season low.

The 76ers, who had a three-game winning streak end with a loss at New York on Sunday, have won seven of nine.

Josh Smith, the only Atlanta player to log at least 30 minutes, had 16 points. Damien Wilkins had 12 points and Marvin Williams had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

HEAT 117, PACERS 112

In Miami, LeBron James had 41 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists, Chris Bosh added 19 points and Miami rallied from 14 points down to beat the Indiana for its seventh consecutive victory.

Dwyane Wade scored 17 points and Mario Chalmers added 16 for Miami, which moved five games ahead of second-place Atlanta in the Southeast Division.


In Orlando, Fla., Dwight Howard had 22 points and 20 rebounds and Jameer Nelson added 17 points, including going 4 for 5 from 3-point range, as Orlando used a second-half surge to get past the Los Angeles Clippers.

It was the Magic's ninth consecutive win over the Clippers and second of the season. The Clippers lost for the fourth consecutive time overall and seventh time in a row on the road.

Howard recorded his fifth 20-20 game this season.


In Milwaukee, John Salmons returned to the starting lineup for the first time since Jan. 17 and scored 17 points to lead Milwaukee past Toronto.

Corey Maggette added 16 points and nine rebounds for Milwaukee, which snapped its four-game losing streak.

Toronto lost its 10th consecutive road game. Andrea Bargnani scored 23 points and DeMar DeRozan finished with 18 points and seven rebounds for the Raptors.


In Auburn Hills, Mich., Tony Parker had 19 points and seven assists, and San Antonio held off Detroit.

DeJuan Blair added 18 points and 12 rebounds for San Antonio, which improved its NBA-best record to 43-8.

Manu Ginobili scored 13 points for the Spurs, and Tim Duncan contributed 10 points and 10 rebounds.