The Charlotte Hornets (0-3) dropped its second consecutive game to the Atlanta Hawks (2-1) on Sunday afternoon at the Time Warner Cable Arena. Charlotte's loss snapped a four-game win streak in home opening games.
For the second consecutive game, Kemba Walker had the opportunity to tie the game against the Hawks in the waning seconds. But alas, the same result occurred on Sunday—a last second miss at the buzzer.
Four Charlotte starters scored in double figures: Walker (17 points), Nicolas Batum (16 points), Marvin Williams (15 points) and Al Jefferson (10 points). Batum and Williams combined for nine of the team's 14 made three-point baskets, and efferson garnered his second double-double in as many games.
P.J. Hairston, who started at small forward for the third-consecutive game, tallied a season high with seven points. Third-year forward Cody Zeller was a -15 against the Hawks, totaling a -42 in his last two games against the Hawks.
Charlotte Hornets Stats
Kent Bazemore lead the way for Atlanta, tallying a game-high 20 points. Al Horford added a double-double for the Hawks with 16 points and 12 rebounds in 34 minutes.
Kyle Korver returned to the starting lineup for the Hawks and recorded 6 points on 3-of-9 shooting in 31 minutes.
Atlanta Hawks Stats
Hornets Quick Facts
- After outscoring Atlanta 37-24 in the third quarter, Charlotte was held to 4-of-24 shooting in the fourth quarter.
- Cody Zeller is a -49 through three games this season.
- P.J. Hairston set season-highs in points (7) and minutes (23:12).
- Al Jefferson recorded his second consecutive double-double against the Hawks (10 points, 11 rebounds).
- Nicolas Batum scored 17 points and hit four three-point baskets, both new season highs for the first-year Hornet.
- Charlotte has lost nine-straight games dating back to last season