Hawks 82, 76ers 77AP , Associated Press
Jan. 19, 1996 9:53 PM ET
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Mookie Blaylock scored 23 points, including two crucial free throws with 17 seconds left, and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Philadelphia 76ers 82-77 Friday night for their sixth straight victory.
Steve Smith added 17 points for the Hawks, while Andrew Lang had 12 points and six blocked shots.
Vernon Maxwell had 20 points for the 76ers, while Trevor Ruffin had 18 points but also turned the ball over eight times.
Philadelphia, which leads the NBA in turnovers, had 23 in the game, and in their last seven games have averaged 22 per game.
The teams battled evenly throughout the first three periods before the Hawks took their biggest lead of the game at 74-67 on a hook shot by Lang with 6:45 remaining.
Maxwell hit a 3-pointer, then two free throws, to enable the 76ers to tie the score at 77-77 with 2:41 to go. But Blaylock hit a jumper and Stacey Augmon added a free throw before Blaylock's two foul shots clinched the victory.
Craig Ehlo had 11 points for the Hawks, who won for the seventh time in their last eight games. Ehlo had a season-high 10 rebounds.
Rookie Jerry Stackhouse had 13 points for the 76ers, who have lost four straight and nine of their last 11.
Atlanta coach Lenny Wilkens is now 19-1 in his last 20 games against Philadelphia, including 10 straight while coaching the Cleveland Cavaliers.