Bobcats blow out Hawks, again
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Matt Carroll poured in 22 points as Charlotte
crushed Atlanta for the second night in a row, blowing out the Hawks, 104-85,
in the back end of a home-and-home set.
On Friday at Philips Arena, the Bobcats toppled Atlanta, 96-75, behind a 22
points, 13 rebound performance from Emeka Okafor. Charlotte won both contests
against the Hawks by a combined 40 points.
On Saturday, Okafor posted 19 points, seven rebounds and four blocks and Jeff
McInnis contributed 17 points and nine assists for the Bobcats, who have won
five of their last seven contests.
Rookie Adam Morrison scored 18 points off the bench while Gerald Wallace added
12 for Charlotte.
Joe Johnson scored 22 points and Marvin Williams had 20 for the Hawks, who had
a three-game winning streak before running into trouble against the Bobcats.
Atlanta forward Josh Smith was whistled for back-to-back technical fouls for
arguing with the referees in the second quarter and was ejected from the game.
On his way to the locker room, the three-year veteran flipped off the
Led by nine points from Carroll, the Bobcats led 25-20 after the opening 12
Smith was then ejected with 4:15 left in the second and the ensuing Carroll
free throws coupled with an Okafor hook shot gave Charlotte its largest lead
of the first half at 43-30 with 3:28 remaining.
Atlanta, however, responded with a 13-4 run, capped by five straight points by
Josh Childress that brought the Hawks within 47-43 with 24 seconds left.
McInnis converted 1-of-2 free throws with a second left to give Charlotte a
48-43 advantage at halftime.
The Hawks pulled within a basket in the third and trailed 66-62 with 3:50 left
in the quarter before Charlotte rolled off a 9-2 spurt and led 75-65 heading
into the fourth.
Childress’ layup to start the final quarter brought Atlanta within eight, but
that was the closest the Hawks would get as the Bobcats outscored Atlanta
29-20 in the quarter to coast to the easy win.
Childress finished with 18 points off the bench for the Hawks…Charlotte shot
a blistering 64.6 percent from the floor…Atlanta shot 50.8 percent.