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Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young lead Sixers past Atlanta, 99-80

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Behind a combined 39 points from Evan Turner and Thaddeus Young, the Sixers defeated the Atlanta Hawks, 99-80. And yes, there were Big Macs.

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Lou Williams returned to Philadelphia for the first time since joining the Atlanta Hawks, but it wasn't quite the homecoming his new team had hoped for as the Sixers trounced the Hawks, 99-80.

The former Sixers' sixth man ended the night in double figures with 13 points, but couldn't lead his new squad to victory, due, in large part, to the outstanding performances of Evan Turner and Thaddeus Young.

Turner had a game-high 21 points on 10-for-17 shooting and made the most of his time on the court, ending the night at +29 -- one point shy of his career-best plus/minus differential.

Young finished with 18 points, 11 rebounds and five steals. He appears to be back on track after averaging only 13.6 points per game in the team's previous five-game stretch.

Jason Richardson also had a solid performance for Philadelphia with 17 points on 7-for-12 shooting, including 3-for-6 from beyond the arc. Richardson added eight rebounds, seven assists and two steals to round out his portion of the box score.

There was an heart-wrenching moment for McDonald's fans at the conclusion of the game.

With the Sixers sitting at the 99-point mark, Doug Collins opted to have his squad dribble out the clock instead of attempting to crack the century mark. Sixers fans, none too pleased with Collins's decision, booed the head coach, who allegedly told the Sixers' public address announcer that the night's Big Macs were on his tab.

Seems like Collins is already feeling the holiday spirit.


Final - 12.21.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
Atlanta Hawks 23 22 19 16 80
Philadelphia 76ers 30 21 21 27 99

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