"I've never played an NBA season from the beginning and not
gone to the playoffs and had games at the end of the season that
don't mean anything," Snow said. "But that's where we're headed
if we keep doing what we're doing."
The Sixers, losers of three straight and four of five, were
without Iverson because their leading scorer stayed home with an
injured right shoulder. Glenn Robinson, the team's second-leading
scorer, missed the second half with a strained right elbow.
Kenny Thomas, Philadelphia's third-leading scorer, wasn't in
uniform because of a sprained right thumb.
"It would've been a more competitive game with Iverson and
Glenn Robinson, but we just need a victory any way we can get it,"
Jackson said. "We're playing well together. I think the
new-addition guys are making us deeper on defense."
Iverson, tied with Orlando's Tracy McGrady for a league-high
27.4 scoring average, missed his second straight game. Interim
coach Chris Ford doesn't know if Iverson, who had 50 points against
the Hawks in a 98-86 win Nov. 29, will be available for
Philadelphia's next game, Saturday at Indiana.
The Sixers (23-36) entered Tuesday tied with Boston for 10th
place in the Eastern Conference. The top eight teams make the
"I think everyone in that locker room should be disappointed,"
said Ford, whose team has lost six of its last seven games on the
road and 15 of 20 overall. "They have to decide if they really
want to get after it now."
Atlanta played the second half with only eight players after
guard Dion Glover left with a groin pull and center Zeljko Rebraca
hurt his back. Guard Wesley Person did not suit up because of a
sprained right knee.
"Fatigue was definitely a factor for me tonight," said Atlanta
guard Bob Sura, who came off the bench to contribute eight points,
five rebounds and three assists in 28 minutes. "I have the flu and
all that. We caught a break with their injuries tonight."
Snow led the Sixers with 17 points, but he and the other
Philadelphia starters shot a combined 0-of-9 in the third quarter.
The Sixers trailed by 24 in the third when Sura hit a fast-break
"I guess everybody has to look at themselves in the mirror and
say, 'Hey, I'm just going to come out and play hard," Snow said.
"And if everybody does that collectively, maybe we can figure it
Jackson's 3-pointer gave Atlanta its first double-digit lead at
46-36. He finished with 11 rebounds, tying a career high.
With the Hawks playing their first home game since Shareef
Abdur-Rahim, Theo Ratliff and Nazr Mohammed were traded, Jackson
was just pleased to lead Atlanta to a rare victory.
"I'm not going to lie to you and say I'm not upset with all the
changes they made," Jackson said. "It has been frustrating. But
it's a business. I'm just glad I wasn't traded."
Aaron McKie's layup with 3:05 remaining cut the lead to 81-71,
but Crawford answered with a 3-pointer 20 seconds later.
"I think we just went away a little bit from what we'd been
doing on defense," Crawford said of Philadelphia's late run. "We
played them three quarters and we were able to hold them off."
Robinson scored three points on 1-of-5 shooting.
Philadelphia shot just 14.3 percent in the third and
finished at 36.1 percent from the floor. In a 76-66 loss to Detroit
on Monday, the Sixers made 30.1 percent. ... Atlanta had lost five
of seven against the Sixers. ... C Joel Pryzbilla blocked five
shots for the Hawks, and C Samuel Dalembert had five blocks for the