After one quarter in Atlanta on April 4, the Bobcats (7-44) were right in the game, trailing the Hawks by only two. Unfortunately, the Atlanta’s offense got rolling and couldn’t be stopped as they pulled away for the 120-93 victory at Phillips Arena.
Charlotte trailed the Hawks 27-25 at the first quarter… However, led by Josh Smith’s nine second-quarter points, the Hawks outscored the Bobcats 34-19 in the second quarter to take a 61-44 lead into intermission… The Bobcats could not get back in the game as the Hawks extended the lead even farther and never allowed Charlotte to get back in the game.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Hawks outscored the Bobcats, 60-36, in the paint… The Bobcats shot the ball well from the field, hitting 45.6 percent (36 of 79). Unfortunately, it was not enough, as the Hawks hit 56.6 percent (47 of 83)… The Hawks were able to hit such a high percentage because they were able to get out in transition, outscoring the Bobcats, 36-14, in that department… Both teams shot their free throws well. Atlanta converted on 89.5 percent (17 of 19), while the Bobcats hit 80 percent (16 of 20).
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Kemba Walker, had a big game for Charlotte, leading the Bobcats with 21 points, five assists and four turnovers.
Gerald Henderson had a solid night for the Bobcats, finishing with 15 points and seven rebounds.
HAWKS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Josh Smith continued his strong season, scoring a game-high 24 points to go along with nine rebounds and four assists.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
"Nagging injuries plus playing two games in a row is always tough. Especially when you are not as talented as the Hawks are, it really hurts you. Kemba is learning on the go. He has to learn how to pass when he penetrates better. Defensively we all have to be better. Overall it was a tough team we were playing and we didn’t have everyone and it’s hard to beat a team like this."
- Head Coach Paul Silas on the team’s performance
"We want to beat everybody and we get another shot at these guys on Saturday with a road game at Milwaukee and they are in the playoff hunt and we want to beat them too. Our main focus is to play together as a team and stay focused."
- Bobcats guard Reggie Williams on the team’s upcoming games
Matt Carroll (12), Derrick Brown (11) and Reggie Williams (10) all reached double-digit scoring… Corey Maggette did not play as he is still out due to a strained Achilles… D.J. Augustin did not play in the second half due to right knee tendinitis.
The Bobcats continue their four-game road trip on Friday as they travel to Milwaukee to face the Bucks… Opening tipoff is at 8:30 p.m. at the Bradley Center. Catch all the action on SportSouth and listen to us on WFNZ. Also, don’t forget to join the chat at bobcats.com