Paul Millsap scored 33 points and registered 13 rebounds, while Lou Williams came off the bench and added 28 points and 5 rebounds to help the Atlanta Hawks nip the Charlotte Bobcats, 118-116. Atlanta (17-13) has now won seven of their last 10 games.
Millsap finished 10-18 (1-3 from three-point range) and 12-14 from the free throw line. Other key players for Atlanta included Jeff Teague with 20 points and 9 assists, and Mike Scott with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Despite the loss, Al Jefferson put up 24 points for Charlotte on 10-18 shooting from the field and 4-6 from the free throw line. He also tallied 23 rebounds. Gerald Henderson contributed 22 points and 5 rebounds, Kemba Walker finished with 16 points and 5 assists, and Anthony Tolliver put up 12 points and 7 rebounds.
This drops Charlotte (14-17) to 0-2 against Atlanta on the year.
Coming up next, the Hawks square off with the Orlando Magic, who are 9-20 on the year. The Bobcats go up against the Utah Jazz, currently 9-23 this season. The Hawks have a 1-1 record against Orlando this season. The Bobcats have a 0-1 record against Utah this season.