Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/13/12
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks trounced the Charlotte Bobcats 113-90 Wednesday night at Philips Arena to move to a 14-6 record and tie the Miami Heat for the Southeast Division lead. Josh Smith scored 18 points and had five rebounds and three assists. Al Horford's streak of consecutive double-double games -- points and rebounds -- ended at seven only because he got a lot of rest on the bench in the blowout. He had 11 points and three rebounds in 31 minutes. Devin Harris led all scorers in the first half with 16 points, including three 3-point shots. He scored a season-high 20 points off the bench. The Hawks made 9 of 16 first-half 3-point shots, shooting 60 percent from the field overall. They finished with a season-high 14 3-pointers. The Bobcats (7-15) didn't have a player in double figures until Kemba Walker made a six-foot driving jump shot with 6:54 in the third quarter to reach 11 points. He finished with 13 points and six assists. Gerald Henderson scored 17 points and Ramon Session added 16 points off the bench. The Bobcats' losing streak was extended to 10 games. The Hawks are 4-0 on the season in the second game of back-to-backs. NOTES: Kyle Korver started for the Hawks for the first time since back spasms forced him out in the third quarter of the Nov. 28 game versus the Bobcats. Korver came off the bench last night in Orlando and played for slightly under 20 minutes. Coach Larry Drew said Korver's minutes would be restricted to roughly 20 minutes again in this game. ... Drew was once again emphasizing not overlooking the Bobcats, who came into tonight's game having lost their last nine in a row. "You don't want them to get well at your place," Drew said. ... The Bobcats' Ben Gordon went off for 26 points in less than 30 minutes in the Nov. 28 game. ... Despite the string of losses, Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap sees his team learning a significant lesson lately, which is that playing hard and well in the first quarter is important. "During the games is where you learn your lessons in the NBA," he said. ... Dunlap's concerns going into the game were his team's ability to move the ball without allowing the Hawks to steal it. ... Both teams played Wednesday night and then traveled. The Hawks beat the Magic 86-80 and the Bobcats lost to the Los Angeles Clippers at home, 100-94. Drew said that given that, the team that had the most energy would be the team that won. Dunlap grinned, "It always is. You could go 20 more games and you'd hear the same thing from both coaches. We have certain key phrases!"
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