Horford leads Hawks past Bobcats

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Updated: November 12, 2013

Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) – Al Horford and Cartier Martin led two
separate third-quarter runs in leading the Atlanta Hawks to a 103-94 win over
the Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena.

Horford finished with 24 points while Martin scored 16 points off the bench
for Atlanta, which has beaten the Bobcats nine consecutive times overall
and five straight in Charlotte.

Jeff Teague recorded his fourth straight double-double with 14 points
and 12 assists for the Hawks.

Josh McRoberts had a team-high 19 points on 5-of-8 shooting from beyond the
arc for Charlotte. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 16 points in the loss.

Al Jefferson, Charlotte’s prized offseason signing, returned to the lineup
after missing the last five games with an ankle sprain and scored 10 points in
27 minutes.

“It was a good win on the road, another step forward by our defense and we got
another great job by our bench to come in and give us a boost,” said Hawks
coach Mike Budenholzer.

Down 54-46 at halftime, Atlanta opened the third quarter by scoring eight
straight points, but Charlotte answered with a 9-0 run.

Horford then led a 14-0 surge that gave the Hawks a 68-63 lead with 4:37
remaining in the frame. The University of Florida product scored eight points
during the run, which was highlighted by an alley-oop dunk from Teague,
and he later capped the spurt with a mid-range jumper at the top of the key.

Jeffrey Taylor ended the run — and a drought of almost four minutes without a
bucket for Charlotte — by converting a 3-point play that pulled the Bobcats
within two.

Charlotte trailed 72-70 with 1:47 left in the third, but Martin hit two 3-
pointers to lead another 8-0 run that ended the quarter.

Atlanta shot 5-of-7 from 3-point range for the period, and outscored Charlotte
by a 34-16 margin to take an 80-70 lead into the final stanza.

“We had a solid first half. Came out in the third quarter with absolutely
nothing, disorganized at both ends of the floor and that was the difference in
the game,” said Bobcats coach Steve Clifford on his team’s performance coming
out of halftime.

The Hawks extended their lead to as many as 14 in the fourth, but the
Bobcats chipped away to cut it to six at 91-85. Horford then hit two free
throws to end a scoring drought of more than four minutes for Atlanta, which
missed seven straight shots during the cold spell.

Charlotte pulled to within five off a McRoberts 3- pointer with just under two
minutes left in the game, but free throws sealed it for Atlanta.

Kidd-Gilchrist scored all of his points in the first half, leading all scorers
at the break and giving Charlotte an eight point advantage heading into
halftime.

Game Notes

Clifford returned to the Bobcats bench after having two stents placed in his
heart on Friday … Jefferson played in his first game since the season
opener … With a 3-pointer in the first quarter, Atlanta’s Kyle Korver
has now made a shot beyond the arc in 80 consecutive games, the second-
longest streak in NBA history … The last victory for Charlotte over
Atlanta was at home on April 13, 2011 … Charlotte travels to Boston for a
matchup with the Celtics on Wednesday … Atlanta hosts the New York Knicks
on Wednesday.