Friday March 6, 2009
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Gerald Wallace scored 21 points and Charlotte used a near-perfect first quarter to build a big lead and hung to beat the struggling Atlanta Hawks 98-91 on Friday, the Bobcats' franchise record-tying fifth straight victory.
The Bobcats continued their late-season surge under first-year coach Larry Brown that's put them into playoff contention by taking advantage of the bumbling Hawks, who played without benched starter Josh Smith in the second half and lost for the sixth time in eight games.
Al Horford scored 15 points for the Hawks, who fell behind 36-21 after the first quarter and then played without Smith in the second half after he got into an argument with coach Mike Woodson at halftime. Smith had 13 points before his benching.
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