Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/28/12
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ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks and Charlotte Bobcats each hit 12 3-point shots Wednesday, but a missed 3-point attempt decided the game. Byron Mullens' last-second shot hit the back iron, and the Hawks hung on for a 94-91 win. "That was a really tough win for us," Hawks coach Larry Drew said. "I thought they were getting after us more than we were getting after them. They were coming up with loose balls. They were keeping balls alive. They were actually bringing the game to us, and that's totally unacceptable." Ben Gordon set a Bobcats franchise record for points in a quarter, scoring 20 in the fourth, and he tied the franchise record with seven 3-pointers in the game. He wound up with 26 points in the losing effort. Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap was determined not to let the Hawks score 50 points in the paint the way they did when they won 101-91 in Charlotte on Friday. In Wednesday's rematch, the Hawks had to settle for a mere 32 points in the paint. However, Charlotte left Atlanta's shooters open on the wings, and the Hawks went 12-for-32 from 3-point range. "We had to pick some kind of poison," Dunlap said. "It was from the 3-point line in the first half, but we were OK with that. I mean, we would like them to miss a little more, but that's what they do." Atlanta's Josh Smith scored 17 points -- 13 of them in the third quarter -- and grabbed 13 rebounds. "I was just being patient," Smith said of his quiet first half, "and then when it was time for me to be aggressive, I took advantage of it." Al Horford added 17 points and 11 boards for the Hawks. With Atlanta's Lou Williams adding 17 points off the bench, it was just enough to hold off Gordon's explosion of 3-pointers: five of them in the fourth quarter, including one with 29 seconds left in the game. "It was a good night," Gordon said, "but I much prefer to get the W." Ramon Sessions had 18 points and eight assists for the Bobcats, but he couldn't inbound the ball successfully with five seconds left. The Hawks nailed three 3-point shots to go up 9-2 in the first three minutes, but the Bobcats withstood the Hawks' early surge. Kemba Walker's 3-pointer tied the game 18-18 with 25 seconds left in the opening quarter. Anthony Morrow's 20-foot jumper just before the buzzer put the Hawks up 20-18. Mullins's nine points sparked the Bobcats to a 16-2 run in the second quarter. Sessions scored 11 first-half points off the bench, and the Bobcats led 45-43 at the break despite the Hawks' eight 3-point shots. NOTES: Drew is concerned that his team might become complacent being at home for five games over 15 days. Wednesday's game was the second of the five and the first game the Hawks played since beating the Clippers on Saturday. ... Drew was especially on guard against the Hawks overlooking the new-look Bobcats, saying, "It's almost got to be a playoff mentality against this team." ... Hawks guard Devin Harris missed a second straight start with a sore left big toe, the result of a hard plant in last Friday's game against the Bobcats in Charlotte. DeShawn Stevenson got the start, and Harris took the floor to start the second quarter. Harris finished with seven points and four assists. Stevenson contributed three points and four rebounds. ... Charlotte forward Bismack Biyombo spent the pregame period on the training table getting treatment on his left leg contusion, which kept him out of the previous two games. He entered the game in the middle of the first quarter, and he wound up with six points and eight rebounds. ... Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson remains out with a sprained left ankle. He has played in only two games this season. ... The Bobcats were 6-0 this season in games decided by four points or fewer before Wednesday's loss.
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