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Wednesday, November 28th
(All times Eastern)
Charlotte Bobcats (7-6) at Atlanta Hawks (8-4), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Charlotte Bobcats have already seen first hand just how
well the Atlanta Hawks are playing during their season-high winning streak.
Set to meet for the second time in less than a week, the Hawks try to extend a
pair of five-game winning streaks both overall and against the Bobcats in
Wednesday's night meeting in Atlanta.
The Hawks have won five in a row for the first time since Jan. 2-12, 2011 and
that includes a 101-91 road win over the Bobcats. The victory came last Friday
and was paced by Al Horford's 26 points off a career high-tying 13 field goals
made. Horford also had 13 rebounds and Jeff Teague added a double-double with
13 points and a season-high 12 assists.
Charlotte was led by Ramon Sessions' 22 points, but saw Atlanta post a season-
high 15 blocks.
"Our guys did a great job of challenging shots," Hawks coach Larry Drew said
after the win. "We can't allow teams to get free looks at the rim, we have to
Horford's effort versus Charlotte was part of an impressive stretch last week
that earned him Eastern Conference Player of the Week. He averaged 16.5
points, 9.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists in four games, capping the run with 10
points and eight boards in Saturday's 104-93 victory over the Los Angeles
Teague followed up his effort versus the Bobcats with 19 points and 11 assists
versus the Clippers to give him consecutive double-doubles for the first time
in his career, while Zaza Pachulia had 19 points and 12 rebounds in Saturday's
"We're playing well," said Teague. "The chemistry's there, guys are making
shots, we're playing (strong) defense. That's always good."
Atlanta has logged at least 100 points in four of its five games during this
win streak while holding opponents to 90.4 ppg over that span. That has the
club in position to win six straight for the first time since starting the
2010-11 campaign 6-0.
While the Hawks will try to keep doing the things they have done well over
this win streak, including an improvement in the transition game according to
Drew, the Bobcats will try to put their effort on Monday far in the rearview.
Charlotte suffered the worst loss in team history two nights ago, falling
114-69 to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The 45-point defeat surpassed the
previous largest margin of defeat by a point, a 112-68 setback in Portland on
That loss was part of a 7-59 campaign for the Bobcats, who matched that win
total with a double-overtime win over Washington one night after the loss to
Atlanta. Charlotte, though, took a big step back in Oklahoma City, shooting
just 22 percent in the first half on 8-for-37 from the field.
"Oklahoma City is a great team, and it got out of hand real quick," Bobcats
center Byron Mullens said.
Jeffery Taylor was the lone Bobcat to reach double figures with 10 points,
while Mullens and Ben Gordon had nine points apiece.
Sessions ended with seven points on 1-for-9 from the floor, while leading
scorer Kemba Walker failed to score after shooting 0-for-6 and missing both of
his 3-point attempts.
Charlotte has split the first two of a three-game road trip, while Atlanta has
won three in a row at home and plays the second of five in a row as the host.
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