ATLANTA, Jan. 15 (Ticker) -- Al Harrington
got off to a solid start and
the Atlanta Hawks followed his lead.
Harrington scored 22 points as the Hawks posted a 103-95 victory
over the Charlotte Bobcats in a matchup of Southeast Division teams.
NBA TV highlights from |
Harrington made six of his first eight shots and scored 13
points in the opening quarter, helping Atlanta shoot 62 percent
(13-of-21) from the floor and take a 27-20 lead.
"Al got it going early," Hawks coach Mike Woodson
the kind of game Al can play every night. Eight rebounds, five
assists. He shot 10-for-16 from the field, 22 points and his
team won. That's what it's all about."
"He's right about that," Harrington said. "My biggest thing was
I was just trying to concentrate on defending and rebounding
and the offense would take care of itself. I was able to do
things to get us over the hump."
Atlanta widened the gap with a 12-2 spurt in the second quarter,
capped by seven straight points from Antoine Walker
, to take a
56-38 advantage. Walker scored 21 points and grabbed 11
rebounds for his seventh consecutive double-double.
"(Harrington and I) got going offensively," Walker said. "They
double-teamed us and they started a smaller guy on me. So I
just wanted to be the big guy and let everyone play off that.
And if I got a chance to go 1-on-1, I got a couple of times to
score that way."
The Hawks held a 53-33 rebounding edge as they won for just the
second time in their last nine contests and the first time
against a Southeast Division opponent.
"I thought (the Hawks) played well," Bobcats coach Bernie Bickerstaff
said. "We were outrebounded by 20. They made shots
when they had to make them. But you won't win many basketball
games when you shoot 9-for-20 from the free throw line and get
outrebounded by 20."
The Hawks won for just the seventh time in 34 games and avenged
a 107-92 road loss to the Bobcats on Nov. 27. Expansion
Charlotte fell to 8-25.
Charlotte's Jason Hart
came off the bench to tie his career high
with 19 points, including 11 in a 17-3 run against the Hawks'
bench late in the fourth quarter that cut the deficit to 101-95
with 12 seconds left.
"Tonight we struggled," Bobcats guard Kareem Rush
should have come out and played a lot better. Tonight, we got
outrebounded by 20 and that's the story of the game."
Despite the late run, Hawks coach Mike Woodson chose to stick
with his bench and rest his starters after the team's
nightmarish trip to Boston.
After their charter was canceled Thursday due to weather, the
Hawks took a very turbulent early morning flight into Boston on
Friday and did not arrive home until 3:30 a.m. Saturday.
Atlanta looked sluggish early and Charlotte opened an early 8-5
lead. But thanks in part to Harrington, Atlanta went on a 10-3
run to take a 15-11 advantage with 7:13 remaining in the first
"I was more tired yesterday," Harrington said. "Today, I was
fine. I think we were all fine. We were rebounding strong. We
did a great job on the glass. It was all right."