CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Center Al Horford scored 24 points and the Atlanta Hawks dominated the second half en route to a 103-94 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday night.
The Hawks trailed 54-46 at halftime but outscored the Bobcats 34-16 in the third period to take control and went on to lead by as many as 14 points in the fourth. Charlotte could never get closer than five in the closing minutes.
The Hawks have now beaten the Bobcats nine straight times over the past three seasons. They are now 4-3 for the season and have won two straight.
Atlanta also got 16 points from forward Cartier Martin, 14 points from guard Jeff Teague and 11 from guard Kyle Korver. Teague also had 12 assists.
The Atlanta victory spoiled the return of coach Steve Clifford and center Al Jefferson for the Bobcats.
Clifford had two stents put into his heart on Friday after experiencing chest pains on Thursday night, and missed the Bobcats' 101-91 loss to New York on Friday night. He was released from the hospital on Sunday, then was back at the helm on Monday night.
Jefferson, who signed a three-year, $41 million deal in the offseason, suffered an ankle injury early in training camp. He played in the opener at Houston but then was back on the shelf for the past five games. He finished with 10 points and seven rebounds in 28 minutes.
Forward Josh McRoberts led Charlotte, 3-4, with 19 points. The Bobcats also got 16 points from forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, 12 points from guard Kemba Walker, 11 from guard Gerald Henderson, and 10 each from guards Ramon Sessions and Jeffery Taylor.
NOTES: The Hawks swept all four games between the teams last season and entered Monday with an eight-game winning streak in the series. ... Hawks G Kyle Korver went into the game with a streak of 79 consecutive games with at least one 3-pointer. The NBA record belongs to Dana Barros, 89 straight. ... The Bobcats continue to be without C Brendan Haywood, who has a stress fracture in his left foot and could miss two months. Hawks G Louis Williams still hasn't played yet this season as he rehabs his right knee. ... Bobcats G Kemba Walker has never missed a game since entering the league two years ago. He played in his 155th consecutive game. ... The Bobcats will play the Celtics in Boston on Wednesday. ... The Hawks return home to host the New York Knicks on Wednesday.