Regular Season Series (Game 2 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

Bobcats 95

(8-25, 1-16 away)

Hawks 103

(7-27, 5-14 home)

    Coverage: SSN

    6:00 PM ET, January 15, 2005

    Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

    1 2 3 4 T
    CHA 20 22 20 3395
    ATL 27 29 22 25103

    Top Performers

    Charlotte: J. Hart 19 Pts, 2 Reb, 8 Ast, 2 Stl

    Atlanta: A. Walker 21 Pts, 11 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Blk

    Bobcats fall to 1-16 on the road

    ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Hawks are confident they'll rise from the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings soon.

    Al Harrington scored 22 points, and Antoine Walker added 21 points and 11 rebounds to help the Hawks beat the expansion Charlotte Bobcats 103-95 on Saturday night in a matchup of the Eastern Conference's two worst teams.

    "We know we're not the worst team," Walker said. "We're much better than 7-26."

    The Hawks led 88-65 with 8:51 left to play, but had to survive a late scare as the Bobcats cut the lead to single digits in the final minute.

    Jason Hart scored 13 of his 19 points in the final period to lead the comeback attempt.

    The Hawks outrebounded the Bobcats 53-33. Charlotte's Emeka Okafor, who ranks fourth in the NBA with 23 double-doubles, was held to four points and six rebounds.

    The Bobcats, who are 8-25, also were hurt by 9-for-20 shooting on free throws as they lost their fourth straight -- and their 10th in 11 games.

    "Our situation is understanding what we do to be good and doing that every night," Bobcats guard Brevin Knight said. "We've got a young team. We really don't understand how to win, what it takes to win."

    Hawks coach Mike Woodson used 10 players in the first quarter and maintained that heavy substitution pace through the game. After a loss on Friday night in Boston, the team's flight arrived in Atlanta about 3 a.m.

    And Hawks players were still talking about a rocky flight to Boston on Friday morning that Woodson said ranked among the worst he has endured as a player or coach. But Woodson said he was encouraged by his team's energy, especially on defense.

    "I thought our defensive effort was tremendous," Woodson said. "I thought we had a little lapse in the last four or five minutes when we had the young guys in. I just told them, `That's not play time. You get a team down, you have to keep working to maintain what you've done."

    It was the Bobcats, who lost a home game to Memphis on Friday night, who looked drained.

    "We were outrebounded by 20, so you can see we're kind of worn down," Bobcats coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "You won't win many basketball games when you shoot 9-for-20 from the free-throw line and get outrebounded by 20."

    Harrington said Okafor "seemed like he was a little tired."

    "He was not the way he usually is," Harrington said. "He's a special player and strong as an ox. For the most part, we did a good job of fronting him and not allowing him to make plays."

    Rookie Josh Smith had 10 rebounds, eight points and three blocked shots for Atlanta.

    Kareem Rush had 15 points and was the Bobcats' only starter to score in double figures. Keith Bogans had 13, and Jason Kapono added 10.

    The Bobcats are 1-16 on the road, including 0-12 against Eastern Conference teams.

    Game notes

    The Hawks kept their concession stands open and invited fans to watch the Atlanta Falcons' home NFL playoff game against St. Louis on the Philips Arena video board. ... Walker had his seventh straight double-double for Atlanta. ... Charlotte C Jahidi White wasn't in uniform for the second straight game due to neck spasms. ... Boris Diaw, who averaged only 3.9 points in 18 games as a starter for Atlanta, was the last player off the Hawks' bench, coming in with 3:20 left to play.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 95 103
    FGM-FGA 40-89 (.449) 42-82 (.512)
    3PM-3PA 6-14 (.429) 4-9 (.444)
    FTM-FTA 9-20 (.450) 15-23 (.652)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-33 17-53
    Assists 21 21
    Turnovers 8 17
    Steals 11 4
    Blocks 1 7
    Fast Break Points 6 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 20 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 4 23

    Top Performers

    Jason Hart Hart
    Points: 19
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Antoine Walker Walker
    Points: 21
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1