CHARLOTTE (NBA.com exclusive) -- Raja Bell and Flip Murray showed the difference effective 3-point shooting can have on the Charlotte Bobcats offense. The duo combined to make eight threes Friday night as Charlotte downed Atlanta 103-83.
Charlotte entered Friday's contest struggling on the offensive end especially from beyond the arc. The Bobcats had made just 10 threes on the season and were a league worst 17.9% in that category. They finished Friday night with 11 threes on 18 attempts and improved their offense along the way.
Bell, who missed the first three games of the season with a torn left wrist ligament, scored a game-high 24 points including a 5-for-6 night from behind the arc.
"It felt good tonight," Bell said. "You shoot them and all you can hope for is open ones."
Murray was just as impressive off the bench. The off-season acquisition netted 15 points and added six rebounds.
"Flip (Murray) can score," Brown said. "He's old school. He has a great pace, he can get the ball where he wants. This was a great to have a game like this where it can speed up his progress."
That 3-point shooting had a positive effect on the Charlotte offense. The Bobcats had six players in double figures including double-doubles from Gerald Wallace and Tyson Chandler.
"We had so many guys contribute tonight," Brown said. "Gerald (Wallace) didn't shoot well, but his effort was amazing, he gets every rebound. I thought Raymond (Felton) played great."
The Bobcats offense which was last in the league in scoring with 79.8 points per game surpassed its season average late in the third quarter and took a 84-69 lead into the fourth quarter.
"Offensive comes," Bell added. "You miss a whole lot of shots, but the law of averages usually work things out. We're still learning each other and figuring out where we all fit in on this offense."
In addition to the offense showing up the Bobcats continued to dominate on the glass. The Bobcats held a 55-35 edge in rebounds thanks to Wallace and his 18 rebounds.
"I can't make a shot so I might as well rebound," Wallace said. "My shot's not falling. I'm struggling on offense right now and my confidence is down, but my main thing is I'm going to try and get every rebound so we can limit them to just one shot."
Charlotte also got help from a road weary Atlanta squad.
The Hawks took an early 2-0 lead, but were sluggish throughout. Atlanta concluded a four-game road trip Friday night in Charlotte which included three games on the West Coast against the Lakers, Portland and Sacramento. Atlanta went 2-2 on the road trip and will welcome a tough Denver squad to Philips Arena Saturday night.
"It was tough," Atlanta center Al Horford said. "It was one of the those game where nobody could get it going, but we have to get it done on the defensive end. That was unacceptable tonight. We were just flat out there. Tomorrow we have to come out there and get that win."
Joe Johnson, one of a trio of Hawks with 13 points, placed the Bobcats offensive outburst on his team.
"They broke out offensively because we weren't playing defense," Johnson said. "We had no presence at all, inside or out. It's a team that had our number in previous years and they gave us a good butt-whooping tonight."