Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 12/19

Game 1: Monday, December 19th
Game 2: Thursday, December 22nd

Hawks 77

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Bobcats 79

(1-0, 1-0 home)

    Coverage: FSCR

    7:00 PM ET, December 19, 2011

    Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC

    1 2 3 4 T
    ATL 24 25 18 1077
    CHA 27 16 22 1479

    Kemba Walker scores 18 points after slow start in NBA debut

    Associated Press

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kemba Walker opened his NBA career with a solid performance, shaking off a slow start to score a game-high 18 points -- including the go-ahead layup -- to lift the Bobcats to a 79-77 win over the Hawks in the preseason opener for both teams.

    After missing eight of his first 10 shots, including a dunk on a fastbreak, Walker made a 17-footer and a driving layup over two defenders in the closing 90 seconds. He used his quickness to draw fouls in the lane and shot 9 for 11 from the line.

    Josh Smith and Al Horford each scored 11 points to lead the Hawks.

    The Bobcats got a strong effort from Boris Diaw, making his first start at center since the departure of Kwame Brown. Playing well away from the basket, Diaw shot 5 for 8 from the field and finished with 12 points.

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