NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, December 28th
(All times Eastern)
Charlotte Bobcats (14-16) at Atlanta Hawks (16-13), 7:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Atlanta Hawks have won four of their last five games
and will try to keep the momentum going Saturday night when they host the
Atlanta has won four straight at Philips Arena and owns the third-best record
in the Eastern Conference. Only the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat are higher
in the standings than the Hawks.
On Thursday, it took two overtimes and a Jeff Teague jumper at the buzzer to
give the Hawks a 127-125 victory.
Atlanta had the ball with 21.7 seconds left when Teague dribbled out the clock
for the final shot. He gained separation from Kyrie Irving on the drive,
hoisted up a 20-foot jumper that hit the rim several times and rattled in for
"It was supposed to be a pick-and-roll at the end, but they switched on us, so
I just went for it," said Teague, who finished with 34 points and 14 assists
in the win, Atlanta's third straight over Cleveland.
Al Horford had 25 points, while Kyle Korver and Paul Millsap contributed 20
points apiece for the Hawks. Millsap also had 11 rebounds and Shelvin Mack
chipped in 10 points off the bench. The rest of the second unit combined for
just 10 points.
Horford is out indefinitely with a sprained shoulder and Forward DeMarre
Carroll (thumb) is questionable versus Charlotte.
The Bobcats will open a five-game road trip Saturday against Atlanta, Utah,
the Los Angeles Clippers, Portland and Sacramento, and are 6-6 as the visitor
Charlotte had won four of five games until dropping an 89-85 decision to the
Oklahoma City Thunder Friday in the finale of a three-game homestand. Kemba
Walker scored 18 points and Al Jefferson added a double-double with 16 points
and 11 rebounds in the loss.
Gerald Henderson and Josh McRoberts posted 14 and 13 points, respectively, for
the Bobcats, who shot 37.5 percent for the game and couldn't top an Oklahoma
City team playing without Russell Westbrook (knee surgery).
"I'm not really disappointed but I'm not happy with how we played," said
Bobcats head coach Steve Clifford. "We made too many mistakes."
The Hawks bested the Bobcats, 103-94, in Charlotte on Nov. 11 and have won
nine straight over their fellow Southeast Division rival. Atlanta has taken
four straight and 11 of the last 12 over the Bobcats in Georgia.
12/28 10:20:31 ET