Kemba Walker scored 20 points and Al Jefferson notched his fourth double-double in five games (16 points, 12 rebounds) but the Cats string of eight-straight wins at Time Warner Cable Arena came to an end, 97-83, at the hands of Atlanta on St. Patrick's Day.
The Cats led by as many 10 in the first quarter and managed to hold on to a 52-46 lead at the half despite shooting 40.4 percent from the field. Their shooting woes would continue in the second half, as the Hawks caught fire from three-point range, knocking down seven treys in the frame. The Cats led 63-62 in the third, but consecutive threes by Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague sprung a 14-2 run for the Hawks to close out the quarter. Atlanta would never look back from that point, taking the W.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
After shooting a season-high 57.4 percent from the field just a day ago, the Cats struggled mightily from the field in this one. Charlotte converted on just 35.3 percent of their field goals and 36.0 percent from three. The Hawks shot a healthier 45.9 percent from the field and just 38.2 percent from downtown, shooting a high volume (13-for-34)… The Cats also gave way to the Hawks in an area that has been a strength most of the season: paint production. Atlanta dominated the paint by outscoring (38-24), outrebounding (51-42) and outhustling (14-7 second-chance points) Charlotte down low… The Cats were able to stay in this game by getting to the foul line 16 times and converting 14 (87.5 percent) and winning the turnover battle, 15-7.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Kemba Walker appeared to be the source of consistent offense for the Cats, finishing with 20 points including 4-for-6 from three. It is the second-straight game Walker has finished with at least 20 points and is the 25th time he has done so this season.
HAWKS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Paul Millsap outdueled his former Utah Jazz teammate Al Jefferson by posting a game-high 28 points on 12-for-20 shooting from the field. Millsap grabbed five boards and blocked two shots in 34 minutes for the Hawks.
The Cats fell short of tying the franchise-record for consecutive home victories (nine). Their streak of eight-straight home victories will stand as the second-longest streak in franchise history… Charlotte has lost 11-straight games to the Hawks and is now 0-3 this season with one game left to play against Atlanta, which could prove costly as the two teams battle for the final playoff spots in the East… With 16 points and 12 boards, Al Jefferson has notched a double-double in four of his last five games. Jefferson has 30 for the season. It was also the second time in the last 10 games that Jefferson finished with less than 20 points… Finishing with 16 points, Gerald Henderson has now reached double-figures in all four games since returning from a calf injury Mar. 12 and for the 53rd time this season… Charlotte improved to holding their opponents under 100 points in 45 of their 68 games this season, allowing 97 points to Atlanta… Before the game, Al Jefferson was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week while leading the Cats to a 4-0 record over that span.
The Cats will look to rebound as they travel to Brooklyn to take on the Nets for the third time this season on March 19. Listen live on WFNZ 610 am, the official Bobcats App presented by Walgreens or on bobcats.com. The game can also be seen on SportSouth and NBA League Pass.