Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/23/12
By BILL KISER, Sports XchangeCHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Al Horford and Jeff Teague both had double-doubles as the Atlanta Hawks held off a late rally to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 101-91 on Friday night. Horford had 26 points and 13 rebounds, while Teague added 13 points and 12 assists for the Hawks (7-4), who won their fourth straight game despite seeing the Bobcats erase double-digit leads three times. Charlotte's last run came in the final 3 1/2 minutes of the fourth quarter, after Atlanta had pulled ahead 94-81 on ZaZa Pachulia's layup. The Bobcats went on a 10-3 run, with a Michael Kidd-Gilchrist layup pulling Charlotte within 97-91 with 1:26 remaining.However, Horford put things away for the Hawks, dunking off a feed from Josh Smith, then hitting a jumper with 45 seconds left to push Atlanta's lead back into double digits. Kyle Korver added 16 points and Smith 10 points for the Hawks, who shot 53.8 percent from the field (42-for-78) and hit 11 of 22 3-pointers. Ramon Sessions scored 22 points for the Bobcats (6-5), who shot just 37.3 percent (31 of 83) and made just 8 of 22 3-pointers. Jeff Taylor and Kemba Walker added 16 points each, Byron Mullens had 12 and Kidd-Gilchrist 11 for Charlotte. Horford scored 16 points and Teague added 11 in the first half as the Atlanta Hawks pulled ahead of the Bobcats 57-51 at intermission. Horford, who also had a team-best six rebounds in the first half, scored 12 points in the first quarter alone as the Hawks overcame a five-point deficit early in the period to go up 30-23. Teague then provided Atlanta's offensive punch in the second quarter, scoring eight points and dishing out three assists as the Hawks pulled ahead by as many as 14 points. Ramon Sessions came off the bench to score 10 points in the half for the Bobcats, who struggled with 30 percent shooting in the first quarter (6-for-20). Three other players -- Kidd-Gilchrist, Taylor and Walker -- had nine points each for Charlotte, which last led 10-5 on Byron Mullens' jumper with 7:47 left in the first quarter. Horford then went on a tear, scoring 10 points during a 15-2 run to put Atlanta in command, capping the run with a goaltended layup for a 20-12 Hawks lead with 3:18 remaining. The Bobcats pulled within three points three times in the second quarter, the last at 39-36 on a Walker 3-pointer with 6:32 left. But Teague scored all eight of his second-quarter points during a 16-5 Hawks run, with Korver's jumper with 2:25 left giving Atlanta a 55-41 lead. However, Charlotte made a late run, getting 3-pointers from Taylor and Walker and a Walker free throw to cut the Hawks' lead to six points at the halftime break. NOTES: At 6-4 heading into Friday's game, the Bobcats were off to their best start after 10 games since the 2007-2008 season, and are one win away from equaling their win total from last season. That's when Charlotte finished a league-worst 7-59 in a lockout-shortened season and set an NBA record for worst winning percentage. ...The Hawks are among the toughest defensive teams in the NBA this season. Entering Friday's game, they led the league in turnovers forced at 18.6 per game, and were second in steals at 9.6 per game. ...The Bobcats hit the road for their next three games before wrapping up the month of November at home against Philadelphia on Nov. 30. Charlotte plays at Washington on Saturday, at Oklahoma City Monday and face a return matchup against the Hawks on Wednesday. ... Atlanta, on the other hand, will play its next three games at home to close out the month, sandwiching its rematch against the Bobcats on Wednesday between home games against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday and Cleveland on Nov. 30.
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