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


Al Horford had seven rebounds to go with six points, and

Vladimir Radmanovic added 11 points and three rebounds for the


”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


”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


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.