CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kemba Walker scored 21 points and the Charlotte Hornets beat an Atlanta Hawks team missing all five starters, 115-100 on Saturday night.
Gerald Henderson scored 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting, and Mo Williams hit four 3-pointers and had 18 points as the Hornets snapped a three-game losing streak.
Marvin Williams chipped in with 17 points for Charlotte (31-41), which moved back within a game of eighth place in the tight Eastern Conference.
Kent Bazemore scored 20 points and Dennis Schroder had 17 points and 11 assists for the Hawks, who sat all five starters one night after clinching the top seed in the East playoffs.
DeMarre Carroll, Kyle Korver, Al Horford and Paul Millsap were given a night to rest, while Jeff Teague sat out with a sprained ankle for Atlanta (55-18). Bazemore, Mike Muscala, John Jenkins and Elton Brand started alongside Schroder.
The Hornets built a 57-52 halftime lead behind 10 points off the bench from rookie P.J. Hairston, who was 4 of 4 from the field before the break, including a pair of 3-pointers.
Charlotte pushed the lead to 14 behind nine points from Walker in the third quarter, including scores on three straight possessions, and kept Atlanta from making a meaningful run in the fourth to win for only the third time in the last 11 games.
Al Jefferson, who scored 31 points and had 10 rebounds in a potential costly loss Friday night at Washington, seemed worn out. He scored two points on 1-of-5 shooting, played only 18 minutes and didn’t see much action in the fourth quarter.
The Hornets played without forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who is expected to miss seven to 10 days with a sprained left ankle, according to coach Steve Clifford.
The Hawks lost despite shooting 15 of 30 from 3-point range.
Muscala had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawks, who have lost three of their last four against their Interstate-85 foes.
Hawks: Korver will have to wait another night to pass Mookie Blaylock for third on the Hawks’ list for 3-pointers made in a season. He has made 199.
Hornets: The Hornets led at the end of the first quarter for only the second time in the last 12 games.
Hawks: Host Milwaukee on Monday night.
Hornets: Host Boston on Monday night.
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