CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 17 (Ticker) --
In their first game since
the shocking death of teammate Jason Collier
, the Hawks dropped
a 94-88 decision to the Charlotte Bobcats in a preseason
scored 21 points and Zaza Pachulia
added 17 for
the Hawks, who took the court just two days after Collier died
at the age of 28.
With the NBA holding a moment of silence before the game and
Atlanta players wearing a black patch on their shoulders to
honor their fallen teammate, the Hawks were in contention for
their second win of the preseason until some late struggles.
Closing within 56-55 with 5:33 remaining in the third quarter on
a dunk by Josh Childress
, Atlanta then surrendered back-to-back
baskets to Melvin Ely
and Keith Bogans
and fell behind 70-62
going into the fourth.
One of Charlotte's two 2005 first-round picks, Raymond Felton
who finished with 12 points, hit a jumper with 9:26 remaining
for a 75-68 lead and Bogans completed a three-point play moments
later to extend the lead to 10 points.
scored 22 points and handed out seven assists and
Ely finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Bobcats, who
outscored the Hawks 16-2 on the fast break to improve to 2-2
in the preseason.
Atlanta's Marvin Williams
, the second pick in June's draft,
scored eight points on 4-of-7 shooting.