Young's double-double leads 76ers past Hawks 99-80

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 21, 2012 at 9:29 pm •  Published: December 21, 2012

With no other scoring options for the Hawks on this night, Atlanta's run didn't last long. The Sixers stormed back in the fourth, and consecutive 3-pointers by Spencer Hawes and Richardson pushed the lead back to 20. Hawes had 12 points and eight rebounds.

Williams stuck around after the game and posed near the stands for pictures with friends and family. He made his NBA name in Philadelphia, but the former Georgia high school star was happy at home.

"If I wasn't going to be here, I wanted to be there," Williams said. "I landed on my feet."

Williams stuck it to his former team on a sweet steal-turned-fast-break-layup in the first half. He was fouled on the play and yelled "Game Time!" to fans in the front row. He converted the three-point play.

But outside of his short burst in the third, Williams was kept in check. He playfully jawed with Turner most of the game — though the familiar "Looouuu!" call at the Wells Fargo Center lost the L and sounded more like boos.

"We miss Lou, dearly," Collins said.

The 76ers also miss Bynum, though the All-Star has yet to even practice with the Sixers. Bynum said his right knee feels fine and there's still some pain in his left knee. An exam on Thursday showed Bynum's weakened cartilage hasn't gotten worse and the potential of surgery is off the table.

Bynum vowed to return, he just didn't know when.

"I really don't know. It's just that I know I will be back," he said. "It's not a career-ending situation."

The Sixers shot 51 percent from the floor, including a solid 42 percent (8 of 19) from the 3-point line, to make up for a 3-of-7 effort from the free throw line.

"I felt like with Jrue back, we're a different team," Turner said.

Notes: The Sixers sent rookie F Arnett Moultrie to their NBA Development League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Moultrie, a first-round pick by Miami sent to the Sixers in a draft-night trade, played in 11 games and averaged 1.3 points. Collins said Moultrie has to get in shape. ... The Sixers fell a point shy of sending their fans home with free fast food. Fans booed the Sixers as they refused to shoot on their final possession. Collins then decided to buy the fans burgers. ... The Sixers tied a season high with 31 assists. ... The Hawks have lost six straight to the 76ers.