Hawks vs. Bobcats - Recap
The Atlanta Hawks beat the Charlotte Bobcats 101-91 on the road tonight. This was the fourth-straight victory for the Hawks. With the win tonight, the Hawks improved to 7-4 on the season and took a 1-0 lead in the regular season series with the Bobcats. They also spoiled the Bobcats' perfect record against Eastern Conference teams this season. The starters for the Hawks tonight were Jeff Teague, Kyle Korver, and DeShawn Stevenson in the backcourt, and Josh Smith and Al Horford in the frontcourt. The leading scorer for the Hawks was Al Horford, with a game-high 26 points. He also grabbed 13 boards, giving him a double-double on the night. Kyle Korver added 16 points and six rebounds. Jeff Teague contributed a double-double, with 13 points and 12 assists. Josh Smith scored 10 points and grabbed eight boards. The leading scorer for the Bobcats was Ramon Sessions, with 22 points. In the first quarter, the Hawks came out of the gates strong, scoring 30 points in the quarter behind 14 points from Al Horford. In the second quarter, the Bobcats outscored the Hawks 28-27 to cut their deficit to 57-51 at the half. In the third quarter, the Hawks went up by 15, but the Bobcats ended the quarter on a 13-4 run to cur the Hawks' lead down to 80-74 heading into the final frame. In the fourth quarter, the Bobcats did go on an 8-0 run, but Al Horford scored two buckets to close out the game and secure the 10-point Hawks victory. I think the key to the win for the Hawks tonight was defense. The Hawks really didn't take good care of the basketball themselves, but they kept the Bobcats' offense in check, and that got them the win. Defense can bail you out when your offense isn't clicking. The Hawks contested the Bobcats' shots, holding them to just 37.3% shooting from the field. They also had 15 blocks as a team, which hasn't been accomplished by a Hawks team since the days of Dikembe Mutombo. Good gutsy win for the Hawks against the division-rival Bobcats.