Hawks 92, Bobcats 75

Josh Smith had 21 points and six rebounds and Joe Johnson added
12 points, three rebounds and five assists to lead the Atlanta
Hawks to a 92-75 victory over Charlotte Bobcats in a preseason game
Thursday night.

Thursday’s game was the second game of the teams’ two-game
preseason series. The Bobcats beat the Hawks 79-77 in Charlotte on
Monday.

Al Horford had seven rebounds to go with six points, and
Vladimir Radmanovic added 11 points and three rebounds for the
Hawks.

”The energy level was much greater tonight,” Hawks coach Larry
Drew said. ”I thought our starters did a good job picking up
energy in times where we got a little lackadaisical.”

Corey Maggette led the Bobcats with 18 points and five rebounds.
Rookie Kemba Walker, the ninth overall pick in the draft, had eight
points, four rebounds and two assists.

D.J. Augustin had nine points and three assists, and Matt
Carroll added nine points and three rebounds.

The Hawks led 49-46 at the half, then outscored the Bobcats
22-12 in the third quarter. The Hawks scored 46 points in the paint
to the Bobcats’ 34, and had 23 second-chance points to their
10.

”We executed well tonight and that’s about it,” Bobcats coach
Paul Silas said. ”We didn’t rebound well, we didn’t defend well
and the basic thing, we didn’t bring any energy tonight.”

Bismack Biyombo, the seventh overall pick, had one point, two
rebounds and four turnovers in slightly less than 16 minutes.

Veterans Tracy McGrady and Jerry Stackhouse, whom the Hawks
signed as free agents, are still getting their legs under them.
McGrady, first off the bench, had four points; Stackhouse had two
points and an assist.

Rookie Ivan Johnson added 15 points and eight rebounds in 20
minutes.

Notes: Rookie Donald Sloan started at point guard for the Hawks
after Jeff Teague sprained his left ankle in Wednesday’s practice.
… Free agent guard Willie Green, signed earlier Thursday, did not
dress for the game. He played in 77 games for the Hornets last
season. … The Bobcats were without forward Tyrus Thomas, who left
Monday’s game with a sprained left ankle. Coach Paul Silas said he
wasn’t sure Thomas would be ready for Monday’s season opener
against the Bucks.