NBA Game Summary - Atlanta at New Orleans
(Friday, November 12th)
Final Score: Atlanta 96, New Orleans 95
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Antoine Walker -- who hit a critical three-pointer down the stretch -- finished with 27 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to lead Atlanta to a 96-95 win over New Orleans.
Al Harrington and Kenny Anderson each scored 17 points for the Hawks, who snapped a four-game losing streak and earned their first win of the season. Jon Barry contributed 12 points off the bench.
Baron Davis finished with 18 points and seven assists for the Hornets, who started a season with five straight losses for the second time in franchise history and opened with four straight defeats at home for the first time. Jamaal Magloire contributed 17 points and 12 boards.
"Right now, we are not a very good basketball team on the defensive end," said Hornets coach Byron Scott. "We are not playing smart basketball."
Predrag Drobnjak added 11 points off the bench for Atlanta, which squandered a 12-point lead in the fourth quarter before snapping a four-game road losing streak in the series.
New Orleans used a 15-2 run to go ahead 87-86. A fastbreak layup by Lee Nailon, off a pass by Davis, put them ahead with 4:50 to play.
Walker drained a three-pointer -- the 1,000th of his career -- 54 seconds later to regain an 89-87 advantage for the Hawks.
Magloire's dunk with 1:42 left brought New Orleans within 91-89.
But Harrington delivered a dunk and a three-point play, after a steal near mid-court by Anderson, 29 seconds later. A foul shot by Barry, after a technical foul against the Hornets, put Atlanta ahead 95-89.
Walker made 1-of-2 foul shots with 17.5 seconds left to give the Hawks a 96-93 edge with 17.5 seconds to play.
J.R. Smith and David Wesley each missed a potential game-tying, three-point shot on New Orleans' final possession.
Wesley's three-pointer from the left wing, with 3:42 left in the first quarter, put New Orleans ahead 16-10.
A basket by Drobnjak, with two minutes left in the first, capped a seven-point surge and put the Hawks ahead 17-16.
New Orleans led 26-20 at the end of the quarter on three-pointers by Josh Smith and Darrell Armstrong in the final minute.
A dunk by Anderson and a three-point play by Smith in the initial minute of the second quarter put the Hornets ahead 31-20.
But Atlanta responded with an 18-2 surge. Barry notched five of the points and Drobnjak added four to put the team ahead 38-33 midway through the second.
At halftime, New Orleans led 51-50. Wesley paced the team with nine points.
A foul shot by Magloire, with 5:35 left in a tightly contest third quarter, put the Hornets ahead 65-60.
The Hawks, however, scored the final eight points of the third to lead 78-71 at the end of the quarter. Walker delivered six of the points.
A fade away jumper by Harrington, 2:10 into the fourth quarter, put Atlanta ahead 84-72.
"Until we commit to playing hard for 48 minutes and not make the mistakes we seem to make over (and over) we are going to make it tough to get wins every night," said Wesley.
Harrington finished with 10 rebounds for the Hawks...Davis left late in the fourth quarter with back spasms for the Hornets, who held a 50-39 rebounding edge...The home team lost for the first time in nine meetings in the series.
11/12 23:34:06 ET