CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Brevin Knight had 22 points and seven
assists to lead the Charlotte Bobcats to a 94-88 exhibition win
over Atlanta on Monday in the Hawks' first game since the death of
center Jason Collier.
The 28-year-old Collier died early Saturday after having trouble
breathing at his home, according to his father. A moment of silence
was observed before the game and each Hawks player wore a black
patch on the left shoulder of his jersey. There was a vacant locker
with Collier's number 40 above it in the locker room.
Melvin Ely added 18 points and 11 rebounds and Raymond Felton
scored 12 points for the Bobcats (2-2), who had eight players in
double figures. Al Harrington scored 21 points and Zaza Pachulia
added 17 points and 10 rebounds for Atlanta (1-2), which committed
Battling the emotion of the past two days, the Hawks started
slowly in a game that started at 10 a.m. and was played in front of
15,496 middle school students. Atlanta committed turnovers on its
first three possessions before Harrington's dunk ended the drought.
The Bobcats scored the final seven points of the first half to
take a 45-38 lead. They built the lead to 56-48 on Ely's half-hook
with 7:07 left in the third quarter. Atlanta got no closer than
five points in the final quarter.
Bobcats starting shooting guard Kareem Rush bruised his left
shoulder in the second quarter and did not return. Center Primoz
Brezec missed his third straight game with a shin injury.