Charlotte lost its fourth straight, 103-95 to the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday. The Bobcats are 1 1/2 games ahead of the Hawks, but have lost nine of their last 10.
Emeka Okafor, a leading candidate for rookie of the year, had one of his worst games Saturday. The 6-foot-10, 252-pound forward was held to four points and six rebounds, missing all but one of his eight attempts from the floor. Without Okafor controlling the paint, the Bobcats were outrebounded 53-33.
Charlotte, which lost by 20 points at home to the Boston Celtics on Friday, made just 9-of-20 free throws against Atlanta.
“We have to turn around and it all starts with back-to-back games,” Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace said. “We have to find a way to get ourselves up for the next game after weve had a game the night before. Thats one thing that weve been having a problem with. I feel as if our energy level is not the same. The anticipation of the game is not the same. ”
Jason Hart provided some energy off the bench for Charlotte as he scored 13 of his 19 points in the final period and finished with eight assists in 26 minutes. He had a chance to get the Bobcats within six points, but missed two free throws with 35 seconds left.
“We were outrebounded by 20, so you can see we’re kind of worn down,” Bobcats coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. “You won’t win many basketball games when you shoot 9-for-20 from the free-throw line and get outrebounded by 20.”
The Bobcats are facing a team that also has four straight losses as the Bucks were routed 101-82 by the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday.
While Charlotte was dominated inside by Atlanta, Milwaukee could not contain Memphis’ perimeter shooting. The Bucks allowed the Grizzlies to make a franchise-record 13 3-pointers and fell further back in the basement of the Central Division at a season-low 11 games below .500.
Milwaukee also was outscored in the paint, 40-26 and committed 16 turnovers that led to 25 points by Memphis.
“They are a good defensive team, but we were careless with turnovers,” Bucks guard Michael Redd said. “We need to do something about that.”
Dan Gadzuric provided some defense for the Bucks as he tied a season-high with four blocks, but the average losing margin for Milwaukee on its losing streak is almost 15 points.