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Monday, 20 March 2017 22:18

Hornets hand Hawks 4th straight loss, 105-90

Written by  Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Nicolas Batum and Kemba Walker each had 16 points and the Charlotte Hornets handed the slumping Atlanta Hawks their fourth straight loss, 105-90 on Monday night.

The Hornets scored 17 points off 18 turnovers and led by as many as 23 in the fourth quarter.

Frank Kaminsky provided more strong play off the bench for Charlotte with 14 points and five assists. The 7-footer came into the game averaging 16.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists in his previous 15 games.

Behind Kaminsky, Charlotte's bench outscored the Hawks 43-22.

Charlotte pulled within three games of eighth-place Detroit in the Eastern Conference.

The Hawks played without All-Star forward Paul Millsap and top reserve guard Kent Bazemore and never got in sync on offense. Millsap will miss at least another game with tenderness in his right knee, while Bazemore will be reevaluated in seven to 10 days after suffering a bone bruise on his right knee on Saturday night.

Charlotte had a 23-4 run to start the second quarter and took a 52-41 lead into the locker room behind 12 first-half points from Batum. The Hornets were able to maintain that lead despite center Cody Zeller picking up his third foul midway through the second quarter and the Hawks dominating on the glass.

Read more at CNSNews

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