Even injury-riddled, the Hawks were way too much for the lowly Bobcats. Fielding a team of just 10 healthy players, the Hawks blew past the Bobcats in the third quarter en route to a 104-92 victory Wednesday night at Time Warner Cable Arena. The Hawks (24-18) won their second straight game, the first time they've accomplished that feat since Dec. 28-29. The Hawks jumped to a 17-point lead in the third quarter as Josh Smith scored eight of the team's first 10 points coming out of halftime. The Bobcats trimmed their deficit to nine points in the fourth quarter but could get no closer even with Michael Jordan in attendance. The Hawks have won eight straight against the Bobcats, including completing the season sweep of four games against their Southeast Division foe. The victory also snapped the Hawks six-game road losing streak. Smith led the Hawks with a double-double of a game-high 30 points and 13 rebounds with eight assists. Smith finished just a point shy of his season-high of 31 points set Dec. 26 against the Pistons. Kyle Korver scored 21 points and Ivan Johnson, making his first NBA start, had 12 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. "Same way I come out all the time," Johnson said of his start. "I'm trying to get the big money. I need some more money. … I'm used to battling against big people. That's what I grew up doing, playing with big people. I'm good with it."
Injury-riddled Hawks too much for Bobcats
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Jan 24