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                     === Smith, Hawks take out Bobcats ===
 
 Charlotte,  NC (Sports Network) - Josh Smith stepped up for the injury-ravaged
 Hawks,  tallying  30 points, 13 rebounds  and eight assists, as Atlanta downed
 the Charlotte Bobcats, 104-92, to complete a four-game season sweep.
 
 Kyle  Korver connected  on 5-of-6 from 3-point-range en route to 21 points and
 Ivan  Johnson finished  with 12 points and  15 rebounds in the victory for the
 Hawks.
 
 Despite missing Al Horford, Devin Harris and Zaza Pachulia, who all sat due to
 various  ailments,  Atlanta was  able to  capture its  second straight win and
 eighth consecutive over Charlotte.
 
 "We  just  started the  last couple  of games  to turn  it around again," said
 Korver. "So for us, we're just kind of trying to rebuild habits, trying to get
 our  rhthym back. When you got some guys out and you got new guys stepping up,
 you're going to play with a lot of energy."
 
 The  Bobcats continued  their miserable play at home, with their starters only
 managing  a  combined 31  points in  the team's 16th  consecutive loss at Time
 Warner Cable Arena.
 
 Ramon  Sessions and  Ben Gordon scored 27 and 15 points, respectively, off the
 bench in the Bobcats' third straight defeat.
 
 "It's  bad because we  want to win in front of the fans," said Sessions on the
 team's  poor  stretch at home. "Overall,  its not an 18-game losing streak, we
 have  a  couple of wins on  the road. We just  have to get it together here at
 home."
 
 The  Hawks were aided by timely three-point shooting, especially in the second
 quarter,  where  Korver knocked down  a trio of triples  late in the stanza to
 help Atlanta to a 53-46 halftime lead.
 
 Smith  then helped  the Hawks  take full  control of  the game  in the  third,
 scoring  eight of  his team's  first  10 points  of the  period. After  Korver
 knocked  down his second jumper of the quarter, Jeff Teague nailed a triple to
 give the Hawks a commanding 70-53 advantage with 4:42 to play in the quarter.
 
 Charlotte  responded with  a 12-6 push, as  Gordon buried a pair of triples to
 pull  the  Bobcats within nine, but  John Jenkins answered with a 3-pointer of
 his own, giving Atlanta a 79-67 lead after three quarters.
 
 Another  triple by Korver  early in the fourth swelled Atlanta's lead to 15 at
 84-69.  Using a 10-2 push, the Bobcats came within seven near the midway point
 on Jeff Adrien's putback dunk. However, Jennero Pargo quelled any thought of a
 comeback  by  draining a  deep trey  to put the  Hawks back  on top by double-
 digits, allowing Atlanta to cruise to victory from there.
 
 The  contest  was sloppy throughout,  with both clubs  setting the tone in the
 first with a combined 14 turnovers. Atlanta would finish with 18 for the game,
 but  took a 28-20 lead into the second quarter thanks to Smith, who tallied 10
 points in the first.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 For  the fourth time this season, the Bobcats have a losing streak of at least
 three  games ...  Kemba Walker scored 11 points for the Bobcats, but committed
 five  of  the team's 19 turnovers,  which Atlanta converted into 25 points ...
 The  Hawks  shot 12-for-25 from 3-point  range for the night ... Charlotte has
 only beaten Atlanta five times since the 2008-09 season.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 01/23 23:52:27 ET

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