NBA Game Summary - Atlanta at Charlotte
(Wednesday, March 28th)
Final Score: Charlotte 101, Atlanta 87
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Gerald Wallace had 31 points on 12-of-16 shooting and nine rebounds, as the Charlotte Bobcats downed the Atlanta Hawks, 101-87.
Matt Carroll added 19 points and Walter Herrmann 13 for Charlotte, which snapped a two-game skid. Raymond Felton donated 10 points and 10 assists for the Bobcats, who won their 27th game, eclipsing their previous franchise-high of 26, set last year.
"It's great for us, it shows improvement," said Wallace. "We let a couple of games slip away early. If not for that, we could be talking about a possible playoff run."
Josh Smith finished with 25 points, 15 boards and six blocked shots, and Marvin Williams had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawks, who have lost five straight and seven of their last eight games. Salim Stoudamire chipped in 12 points and Lorenzen Wright 10 for Atlanta, which committed 22 turnovers.
The Bobcats took control of the game with a 9-0 run midway through the third frame. Wallace scored the first seven points of the spurt and Charlotte led 69-56 with 4:19 to play in the third.
The Hawks never threatened in the fourth quarter as Charlotte extended the margin to as high as 17, 97-80 on a Carroll three with 3:09 to go.
"We got to keep pushing," said Atlanta coach Mike Woodson. "We are just not playing well as a unit."
Wallace scored 15 points in the first quarter, including the Bobcats final 11 and Charlotte led 25-20 heading into the second period.
A Stoudamire layup sparked a 12-3 Atlanta run to open the second stanza and put the Hawks ahead 32-28. Charlotte, however scored the next seven points to take a 35-32 advantage early in the second period.
Charlotte, which never trailed thereafter, led 49-44 at the intermission.
Charlotte's Emeka Okafor returned after a 15-game absence due to a calf injury. He compiled nine points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots in 26 minutes...Atlanta outrebounded Charlotte 49-38...Charlotte scored 50 points in the paint...The Hawks now find themselves in the basement of the Eastern Conference Southeast division, a half-game behind Charlotte...The Bobcats won the season series 3-1 and lead the all-time series 9-3.
03/28 22:26:53 ET