Take a deep breath because it wasn’t easy.
Lou Williams scored eight straight points late in the fourth quarter to give the Hawks a 103-95 come-from-behind victory over the lowly 76ers Monday night at Philips Arena.
With the win, Williams helped the Hawks keep their fading playoff hopes alive.
Williams broke a 92-92 tie with a floating layup with 2:24 left and then buried a corner 3-pointer with 1:49 left for a five-point advantage. After the Sixers got a James Anderson 3-pointer, Williams hit another 3 from the same corner with 1:12 left for a 100-95 advantage.
Paul Millsap and Kyle Korver converted free throws for an eight-point cushion.
The Hawks (32-41) snapped a six-game losing streak. They won for the just the seventh time in the past 27 games. They swept the season series with the Sixers.
With nine games remaining in the regular season, six at home, the Hawks have a 1-1/2 game lead over the Knicks for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Knicks played at the Jazz late Monday.
Millsap had a double-double with 28 points, including 15 in the first half, and 17 rebounds. Williams finished with 22 points.
The 76ers (16-58) lost after snapping a 26-game losing streak Saturday with a win over the Pistons. Thaddeus Young led the Sixers with 23 points.