Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/27

Game 1: Saturday, November 27th
Game 2: Saturday, January 15th
Game 3: Monday, April 11th
Game 4: Wednesday, April 13th

Hawks 92

(2-11, 1-6 away)

Bobcats 107

(3-9, 3-4 home)

    Coverage: SSN

    7:00 PM ET, November 27, 2004

    Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, NC

    1 2 3 4 T
    ATL 23 26 21 2292
    CHA 22 29 26 30107

    Top Performers

    Atlanta: A. Harrington 27 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Charlotte: B. Knight 12 Pts, 5 Reb, 11 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    Atlanta drops its sixth straight

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The expansion Charlotte Bobcats nearly gave up a late double-digit lead again. This time, they held on and celebrated their third victory.

    Reserve Eddie House scored 17 points and Emeka Okafor had 14 points and 10 rebounds for his fourth straight double-double, leading the Bobcats to a 107-92 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night.

    The Bobcats (3-9) entered having blown double-digit leads in four of their nine losses this season. But after watching their 13-point advantage cut to three early in the fourth quarter, the Bobcats answered with a 10-0 run, started by Jason Hart at 9:39 of the period.

    Hart was fouled by Kenny Anderson, who was whistled for a technical foul after arguing the call. Hart made both free throws to complete a four-point play. Gerald Wallace completed the run with a smooth drive through the lane for a layup.

    "The expansion team stuff, that's over with," Wallace said. "We know we can win. It's all been stupid mistakes that we're making in the fourth quarter. We're beating ourselves. Out of the nine losses we have, we have probably beat ourselves in six of them. We know that it's us that is losing ballgames. It's not what other teams are doing to us, it's what we're doing to ourselves."

    The night before, the Bobcats led by as many as 17 before losing 82-77 to Indiana.

    Bobcats coach Bernie Bickerstaff said his team plays not to lose once it has a lead. That didn't happen Saturday night.

    "We took our time and played within the confines of the offense," Bickerstaff said. "What we did in the fourth quarter tonight was instead of one pass and a shot, we were making two or three passes. And late in a basketball game like that when a team is tired, that is how you get easy baskets. You move the basketball."

    Keith Bogans added 15 points for the Bobcats, who won their third game -- all at home.

    Al Harrington scored 27 points and Antoine Walker 24 in Atlanta's sixth straight loss.

    Game notes

    The Bobcats got some help promotional help for their All-Star hopeful Okafor from Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith, who filled out names of Bobcats players on an enlarged ballot. Smith was seated courtside with his young son. ... Also sitting in the front row, a place he's accustomed to, was NASCAR star Jeff Gordon. In fact, Gordon got quite a scare when Gerald Wallace went after a loose ball near midcourt and hurdled Gordon in an effort to save the ball. ... Atlanta entered the game averaging 87.8 points per game, second-lowest in the NBA.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 92 107
    FGM-FGA 40-79 (.506) 38-75 (.507)
    3PM-3PA 3-14 (.214) 4-11 (.364)
    FTM-FTA 9-14 (.643) 27-34 (.794)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-40 6-34
    Assists 19 27
    Turnovers 22 13
    Steals 7 13
    Blocks 3 7
    Fast Break Points 6 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (1/0) 16 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Al Harrington Harrington
    Points: 27
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Brevin Knight Knight
    Points: 12
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 11
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 1