NBA Game Summary - Charlotte at Atlanta
(Friday, January 19th)
Final Score: Charlotte 96, Atlanta 75
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Emeka Okafor poured in a game-high 22 points and pulled down 13 rebounds as Charlotte toppled Atlanta, 96-75, at Philips Arena.
Adam Morrison contributed 19 points off the bench for the Bobcats, who have won four of their last six contests. Gerald Wallace recorded his third double- double of the season with 18 points and 15 boards while Jeff McInnis netted 10 points in the win.
"Everybody played well tonight, shooting the basketball, passing well, working well on defense and we got this much-needed win," Okafor said.
Charlotte finished 48 percent shooting in the game.
Joe Johnson scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds for the Hawks, who had a three-game winning streak halted. Josh Smith had 14 points and Josh Childress donated 12 in defeat.
"I don't think we had it from the beginning, when we stepped out on the floor," Hawks coach Mike Woodson said. "We were never in the game."
The Hawks went on a 7-0 run at the end of the first quarter to tie the game at 21, but Charlotte scored nine of the final 10 points in the second for a 53-41 halftime lead.
Okafor finished with 17 first-half points.
Charlotte continued to control the game in the third and opened up an 18-point advantage following four Anderson free throws late in the frame.
Ryan Hollins' dunk to start the fourth highlighted an 8-0 flurry and put the Bobcats up 83-57 with 9:04 to play.
Atlanta was never able to recover and trailed by double digits the rest of the way.
Okafor finished 10-of-12 from the field...Derek Anderson ended with nine points and five assists for Charlotte...The Hawks shot 41 percent from the floor...Atlanta missed all six of its three-point attempts while the Bobcats shot 4-of-17 (24 percent) from beyond the arc...Charlotte has won four of six at Atlanta.
01/19 22:47:32 ET