Atlanta (2-10) at Charlotte (2-9)

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  • Game info: 7:00 pm EST Sat Nov 27, 2004
  • TV: TSO, CSET
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Looking to pass off the worst record in the Southeast Division, the Atlanta Hawks visit the expansion Charlotte Bobcats.

The Hawks, just a half-game ahead of the Bobcats in the Southeast, can leave Charlotte all alone in the division cellar with a victory Saturday.

Atlanta became the first team in the East to reach 10 losses following Friday’s 117-99 home defeat to Orlando. The 117 points were the most allowed by the Hawks this season as they lost their fifth in a row. They are 0-6 when allowing 100 or more points.

“You’re not going to beat anybody in this league giving up 117 points,” Hawks coach Mike Woodson said. “We scored 99 points; that’s plenty of points.”

Antoine Walker had 20 points, seven rebounds and nine assists and Tony Delk also had 20 points for the Hawks, who shot 50 percent (38-for-76) from the field, but made just 60 percent (18-for-30) of their free throws.

Atlanta is the NBA’s worst free throw shooting team at 64 percent.

“It’s troubling when you lose a game like that,” said center Jason Collier after helping the Hawks outscore the Magic 52-36 in the paint. “We have to concentrate on getting back in the paint and stopping it there.”

After snapping a seven-game losing streak with a 91-89 home win over defending champion Detroit on Tuesday, the Bobcats blew a 17-point lead in an 82-77 setback at Indiana on Friday.

“Holding the lead has been a problem,” Bobcats coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. “I’ve said before that confidence has also been a problem.”

Rookie Emeka Okafor led the Bobcats with 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Keith Bogans and Jason Hart added 10 points apiece.

Okafor, the second overall pick in this year’s draft, is averaging 20.5 points and 13 boards over his last two games. He is shooting 59 percent (19-for-32) over that span.

Bogans has scored in double figures in five of six games since coming over in a trade from Orlando on Nov. 1. The second-year guard leads the team in scoring, and is shooting 54 percent (7-for-13) from 3-point range.

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