The Atlanta Hawks beat the Charlotte Bobcats 94-91 at home at Philips Arena.  This was the second game of a five-game homestand for the Hawks.  With the win, the Hawks improved to 9-4 on the season, 2-0 on their five-game homestand, 2-0 in the regular season series with the Bobcats, and extended their winning streak to six consecutive games.  This was the first time the Hawks have been on a six-game winning streak since they started 6-0 in the 2010-11 NBA season.  The starters for the Hawks were Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver in the backcourt, DeShawn Stevenson and Josh Smith at the two forward positions, and Al Horford at center.  Devin Harris, who missed the past two games with turf toe in his left big toe, returned to action in this one.  The Hawks were lead by Josh Smith, Al Horford, and Louis Williams, who each scored 17 points.  Josh Smith also grabbed 13 rebounds, dished out six assists, and blocked five shots, giving him a double-double on the night.  Al Horford also grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out six assists, giving him a double-double as well.  Louis Williams dished out five assists in addition to his 17 points.  Jeff Teague added 11 points and five assists.  The leading scorer for the Bobcats was Ben Gordon, with 26 points.  In the first quarter, the Hawks outscored the Bobcats 20-18.  In the second quarter, the Hawks went up by as many as nine, but the Bobcats responded with an 18-2 run to take a 45-43 halftime lead over the Hawks.  In the third quarter, Kyle Korver left the game with back spasms with 3:48 to play in the period.  He did not return.  I hope he and his deadly three-point shooting can get back out on the court soon.  The Hawks took a 71-65 lead over the Bobcats heading into the final frame, after outscoring the Bobcats 28-20 in the third.  In the fourth quarter, the Hawks took their biggest lead of the game at 11.  The Bobcats, however, responded with a 10-2 run.  With 29 seconds to play and the Hawks up by four, Ben Gordon hit his fifth three-pointer of the quarter (a tough, contested one, at that) to cut the Hawks' lead to 92-91.  On the next Hawks possesion, Louis Williams put up a three-pointer that hit the rim and bounced/rolled over the backboard and out of bounds.  On the next Bobcats possession, the Bobcats called a timeout and advanced the ball up the court.  Off the inbounds pass, Josh Smith did appear at first sight to have gotten a hand on the ball as it sailed out of bounds past Ben Gordon.  The officials went to the scorers' table to review their call that the ball was out of bounds, with no one having touched after Ramon Sessions passed it inbounds.  The officials did not overturn their initial call.  After watching the video replay a couple of times, it was pretty evident that neither Smith nor Gordon had touched it, so good call by the officials.  Hawks ball!  The Bobcats fouled Al Horford, who sank both his free-throws at the charity stripe (redeeming his exceedingly poor free-throw shooting performance from last week).  Byron Mullens missed a three-pointer with Josh Smith's hand in his face on the Bobcats' final chance to send the game into overtime, and the Hawks got the victory.  I think the key to the W for the Hawks was ball movement.  The Hawks had 28 assists as a team, with four players dishing out at least five.  Good, hard-fought win for the Hawks against the division-rival Bobcats.
Josh Smith attacks the basket vs. CHA