FAYETTEVILLE, N.C., Oct. 27 (Ticker) --
Ready or not, the
inaugural season is upon the Charlotte Bobcats.
The expansion Bobcats closed the preseason with their second
straight win, holding on for a 93-89 victory over the Atlanta
Rookie Emeka Okafor scored 15 points to lead a balanced attack
for the Bobcats, who had five players in double figures. That
is the type of scoring Charlotte needs if it wants to be
competitive when it begins its first season Nov. 4 against
The second overall pick in the draft, the defensive-minded
Okafor figures to start at center flanked by forwards Gerald Wallace -- who may be the team's best scoring option -- and Primoz Brezec, both of whom were acquired in the expansion draft.
The starting backcourt is Brevin Knight, who was signed as a
free agent, and Jason Kapono, also taken in the expansion draft.
Brezec scored 14 points and reserves Eddie House (13), Steve Smith (12) and Jason Hart (10) and reached double digits.
In winning for the third time in four games, the Bobcats (3-3)
grabbed a 53-48 halftime lead and did not trail thereafter.
Antoine Walker scored 31 points and fellow offseason trade
acquisition Al Harrington added 17 for the Hawks (1-6), who
close their preseason schedule at Cleveland on Thursday.