The Atlanta Hawks (7-4) won their fourth straight game by beating the Charlotte Bobcats (6-5) on Friday night 101-91.
Atlanta’s all-star center Al Horford led the way for the Hawks with 26 points and 13 rebounds (both team-high’s). Horford had the best first quarter of his career as he poured in 14 of his 26 points in the opening 15 minutes. He also posted three blocks and two assists to his final stat line.
Kyle Korver added 16 points for Atlanta on 6-of-10 shooting overall, along with six boards, two blocks and two assists, while teammate Jeff Teague recorded a double-double with 13 points and 12 assists. Josh Smith had a rough night shooting, 4-of-12 for 10 points, but did a nice job helping the Hawks out in other areas with eight assists, four rebounds, two steals and two blocks.
Charlotte had five players in double-figures and were led by backup point guard Ramon Sessions who dropped 22 points in 29 minutes of action. Teammates Kemba Walker and Jeffery Taylor both added 16 points each, while Byron Mullens (12) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (11) rounded out the double-digit scorers.
The Hawks and Bobcats both came into Friday’s matchup tied for 2nd place in the Southeast Division with 6-4 records, but it’s the Hawks who now hold sole possession of the two spot at 7-4. The Miami Heat currently lead the division with a 9-3 record.
Next up for Atlanta are the visiting Los Angeles Clippers tomorrow at 7:00 PM (ET).