The Hornets started out red hot from three, with Marvin Williams himself knocking 3-5 from deep. The same couldn't have been said for the defense however, as the Hornets gave up 28 points on 10-15 shooting for the Hawks in the first quarter. They also coughed it up six times in the first period, as they trailed the Hawks 28-18.
Once again bench play was a big let down for the Hornets in the second quarter, continuing to turn the ball over and letting the Hawks just waltz into the paint. Atlanta outscored the Hornets 34-10 in the lane, with Jeff Teague and Dennis Schroeder getting a paint touch whenever they wanted. The Hornets were able to cut into the lead with some nice play from Jeremy Lamb and Cody Zeller of the bench. Lamb had six points while Zeller provided them some rim protection to stop the bleeding in the paint. Charlotte trailed 46-39 at the half.
Charlotte took the lead in the third quarter thanks to a hot streak from Nicolas Batum, hitting three shots from deep and scoring 13 total points in the quarter. Batum's hot hand heped push the lead to 76-70 at the end of three.
Both teams battled in the fourth quarter, trading blows down the stretch. After Kent Bazemore hit a big three to put the Hawks up three, Marvin Williams continued his hot shooting to tie the game at 89. The very next possession, Paul Millsap hit a go ahead three for Atlanta to make it 92-89 with less than a minute remaining. After the timeout, the Hornets got a wide open layup look for Batum and he blew it. Bazemore hit a few free throws which was followed up by a Marvin Williams banked in three to cut it to two. After a jump ball won by the Hornets, Kemba Walker had a nice look rattle out. The Hornets fell 94-92 to the Hawks, losing to them for the second time this week. Kemba had 17 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists to lead the way for the Hornets. Nic Batum finished with 16 points, 5 rebounds, and 7 assists while Al Jefferson had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The Hornets are now 0-3 to start the year with their next game slated to be against the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday. It will be another home game for Charlotte, a place where they clearly played better today. The Bulls will be a tough test but hopefully coach Steve Clifford can help rally the trooops before Tuesday night.