CHARLOTTE - Charlotte battled back from a double-digit deficit in the first half to open up an eight-point lead in the second quarter, but it could not hold on and dropped its home opener to Atlanta, 94-92, in the Hornets’ home opener at Time Warner Cable Arena Sunday afternoon.
The Hawks—60-game winners last season—move to 3-1 with the victory while Charlotte falls to 0-3. The loss ended the Hornets’ streak of four consecutive victories in home openers.
Kemba Walker once again led the way for Charlotte with 17 points. Walker added six rebounds and six rebounds in 31 minutes of action.
Nicolas Batum added 16 points, eight assists and five rebounds for the Hornets, who had four players finish in double figures.
After entering the fourth quarter with a six-point advantage, Charlotte went cold from the floor. The Hornets shot 4-of-24 (25 percent) in the final 12 minutes.
Charlotte shot 14-of-37 (37.8 percent) from three-point range. Marvin Williams tallied 15 points, five rebounds and three blocks, and lead the way with five made baskets from behind the arc.
Seven players for Charlotte had blocked shots. The Hornets finished with 13 rejections in the contest.
The next game in Buzz City is Tuesday when Charlotte plays host to Chicago. Tip is set for 7 p.m.