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FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHARLOTTE 12 24 24 28 88 ATLANTA 33 24 19 24 100 FINAL


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CHARLOTTE (88) AT ATLANTA (100)

CHARLOTTE REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

PERSON F 30 4-11 0-0 0 0 0 4 5 0 0 8 REID F 25 3-6 1-2 0 4 4 0 5 1 1 7 COLEMAN C 37 6-14 4-5 1 12 13 3 3 1 2 17 WESLEY G 29 6-12 2-2 0 1 1 4 2 1 2 14 PHILLS G 23 5-10 0-1 1 2 3 2 1 0 0 10 RECASNER 21 5-9 3-3 2 0 2 2 1 2 0 13 SHACKLEFORD 20 4-8 1-2 1 5 6 0 1 0 0 9 BROWN 28 3-10 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 0 1 6 MILLER 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 ARMSTRONG 19 1-3 1-1 0 4 4 2 1 0 0 4 DAVIS 4 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION WOLF DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-86 12-16 5 28 33 19 24 5 8 88 (.430) (.750) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 9(15 PTS)

ATLANTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

ELLIS F 25 7-12 2-2 0 4 4 2 1 0 0 16 HENDERSON F 28 7-12 2-7 1 5 6 1 3 1 2 16 MUTOMBO C 28 2-6 2-2 5 13 18 2 1 0 2 6 BLAYLOCK G 30 4-9 0-0 1 2 3 9 0 1 1 8 SMITH G 28 6-11 4-4 0 3 3 4 2 1 3 17 MCLEOD 13 2-6 3-4 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 7 JOHNSON 15 1-2 0-0 1 3 4 4 0 1 0 2 WEST 20 2-4 0-2 3 2 5 0 3 0 1 4 GRAY 17 1-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 LONG 19 4-5 3-4 0 1 1 1 3 0 0 11 CORBIN 12 3-6 2-3 1 2 3 0 0 1 0 8 WILLIAMS 3 0-1 3-4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 CRAWFORD 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 SHEPPARD 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 39-79 21-32 12 38 50 24 15 5 10 100 (.494) (.656) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 11(4 PTS)

CHARLOTTE 12 24 24 28 - 88 ATLANTA 33 24 19 24 - 100

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHARLOTTE - COLEMAN 3, REID, PHILLS, SHACKLEFORD. ATLANTA - WEST 2, MUTOMBO 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHARLOTTE 2-14 (.143), PERSON 0-6, COLEMAN 1-1, WESLEY 0-1, PHILLS 0-1, RECASNER 0-2, BROWN 0-2, ARMSTRONG 1-1. ATLANTA 1-5 (.200), ELLIS 0-1, BLAYLOCK 0-1, SMITH 1-2, MCLEOD 0-1. TECHNICALS: ATLANTA - GRAY. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, LEON WOOD, MIKE SMITH. A - 8,611. T - 2:03.


Box Score

CHARLOTTE (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Person 30 4-11 0-0 0-0 4 5 8 Reid 25 3-6 1-2 0-4 0 5 7 Coleman 37 6-14 4-5 1-13 3 3 17 Wesley 29 6-12 2-2 0-1 4 2 14 Phills 23 5-10 0-1 1-3 2 1 10 Recasner 21 5-9 3-3 2-2 2 1 13 Shackleford 20 4-8 1-2 1-6 0 1 9 Brown 28 3-10 0-0 0-0 1 3 6 Miller 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Armstrong 19 1-3 1-1 0-4 2 1 4 Davis 4 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 Williams DNP - coach's decision Wolf DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-86 12-16 5-33 19 24 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.430, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 2-14, .143 (Person 0-6, Coleman 1-1, Wesley 0-1, Phills 0-1, Recasner 0-2, Brown 0-2, Armstrong 1-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 6 (Coleman 3, Reid, Phills, Shackleford). Turnovers: 9 (Coleman 2, Wesley 2, Brown, Davis, Miller, Reid). Steals: 5 (Recasner 2, Coleman, Reid, Wesley).

ATLANTA (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Ellis 25 7-12 2-2 0-4 2 1 16 Henderson 28 7-12 2-7 1-6 1 3 16 Mutombo 28 2-6 2-2 5-18 2 1 6 Blaylock 30 4-9 0-0 1-3 9 0 8 Smith 28 6-11 4-4 0-3 4 2 17 Mcleod 13 2-6 3-4 0-3 0 0 7 Johnson 15 1-2 0-0 1-4 4 0 2 West 20 2-4 0-2 3-5 0 3 4 Gray 17 1-5 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Long 19 4-5 3-4 0-1 1 3 11 Corbin 12 3-6 2-3 1-3 0 0 8 Williams 3 0-1 3-4 0-0 1 0 3 Crawford 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Sheppard 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-79 21-32 12-50 24 15 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.494, FT-.656. 3-Point Goals: 1-5, .200 (Ellis 0-1, Blaylock 0-1, Smith 1-2, Mcleod 0-1). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 4 (West 2, Mutombo 2). Turnovers: 11 (Smith 3, Henderson 2, Mutombo 2, Blaylock, Gray, West). Steals: 5 (Blaylock, Corbin, Henderson, Johnson, Smith). ____________________________________________ Charlotte 12 24 24 28 - 88 Atlanta 33 24 19 24 - 100 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Atlanta 1 (Gray, 11:27 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 8,611. T: 2:03. Officials: Joe Crawford, Leon Wood, Mike Smith.


Game Story

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- Steve Smith scored 11 of his 17 points during a masterful first quarter by the Atlanta Hawks, who coasted in their first game of the season at Georgia Tech with a 100-88 victory over the Charlotte Hornets.

Smith made 4-of-5 shots in the opening period and went on to lead the team in scoring for the fifth time in as many games, helping Atlanta to a 3-0 home record and a 4-1 mark overall.

Alan Henderson and LaPhonso Ellis added 16 points apiece and Dikembe Mutombo grabbed 18 rebounds for the Hawks, who last season lost to the Hornets in the opening round of the playoffs after winning all four regular-season meetings.

Henderson and Ellis each contributed eight points over the opening 12 minutes as Atlanta shot a sizzling 74 percent (14-of-19) from the floor and held Charlotte to 27 percent (6-of-22). The Hawks owned a 15-5 rebounding edge and handed out 10 assists while the Hornets had none.

Despite the outstanding first quarter, many of the Hawks were upset regarding their play over the final three periods.

"We have to put them away," Henderson said. "That's something we have to work on. It's still early, five games into the season. We'll get better and better."

"We've had a problem now in the last few games of sustaining the lead," Ellis said. "You have to finish them off. I felt we weren't executing properly defensively and giving them easy looks."

Atlanta scored the game's first nine points and never looked back. Smith highlighted that run with a 3-pointer and a 15-footer and Henderson's short hook capped it.

The lead was 23-10 when Blaylock buried a jumper to spark a 10-0 spurt. Smith closed that tear with a 16-footer, building a 33-10 cushion with 1:37 left. The Hornets' only points in the final four minutes of the quarter was a layup by former Hawk Eldridge Recasner with 1:07 remaining.

"We were flat. They couldn't miss a shot from the field," said Hornets forward-center Derrick Coleman. "We were still playing hard, we just couldn't get shots."

Coleman had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Hornets, who fell to 1-4 with star forwards Glen Rice and Anthony Mason out of the lineup. Rice is sidelined at least five weeks after undergoing elbow surgery and Mason is out for the season with a ruptured bicep.

"All we can do is play hard, that's all we can do," Coleman added. "Unfortunately, with all the injuries we have right now, it's set us back."

Mason scored 29 points and Rice added 26 in Charlotte's 91-82 victory over Atlanta in the Game Four clincher of their Eastern Conference series last season.

"It definitely does not look like the same team," Mutombo said. "I just wish that their players were in the game."

Henderson scored the first five points of the second quarter and Anthony Johnson followed with a jumper to build a 40-12 bulge. The Hornets got no closer than 21 points in the period and trailed 57-36 at the half.

The game remained a blowout for much of the second half, but the Hornets came alive in the fourth quarter. Back-to-back three-point plays by Coleman and Recasner cut the deficit to 81-71 with 8:30 to play.

Mookie Blaylock answered with a steal and layup to open an 11-3 run that quickly halted any thoughts of a comeback. Grant Long scored four of his 11 points in that burst, which created a 92-74 cushion with 3:08 remaining.

Blaylock contributed nine assists and was one of 12 players to score for Atlanta, finishing with eight points.

The Hawks shot just 42 percent (25-of-60) over the final three periods but finished with a 50-33 edge on the glass and had 15 second-chance points, compared to six for the Hornets.

"I think for the most part, we played pretty good," said Hawks coach Lenny Wilkens. "For most of the game, I was pretty pleased. And now we've got two days (off), so they'll get their legs back."

David Wesley scored 14 points and Recasner chipped in 13 for Charlotte, which gave a dismal effort in its first road game of the season. The Hornets shot 43 percent, including 2-of-14 from beyond the arc.

"We've got to find a way to win basketball games," said Hornets guard Bobby Phills, who scored 10 points. "We have to start somewhere, and hopefully, we can get a good start on the road."

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