Bobcats beat Hawks second straight time

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Matt Carroll scored 22 points and Charlotte shot a team-record 65 percent in a 104-85 victory over Atlanta on Saturday, the Bobcats' second win over the Hawks in two nights.

Atlanta played the second half without forward Josh Smith, who will likely face disciplinary action after he made obscene gestures to fans after his second-quarter ejection.

The Hawks had little hope after Smith, averaging 13 points and eight rebounds coming in, lost his cool.

Smith, upset at being called for an offensive foul late in the second quarter, quickly picked up two technical fouls and was ejected. On his way to the locker room, Smith kicked a pile of jerseys and towels behind the bench, then raised both middle fingers to the crowd as he was about halfway through the tunnel, apparently reacting to being heckled.

The Hawks, trailing 39-30 at the time, got within five at halftime, but the Bobcats pulled away in the second half behind blistering shooting.

Joe Johnson scored 22 points, Marvin Williams added 20 and Josh Childress had 18 for the Hawks, who have lost two straight following a three-game winning streak.

Atlanta couldn't contain the Bobcats' shooters. Carroll was 9 of 12, Emeka Okafor scored 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting and Adam Morrison, who had struggled with his shot of late, shot 8-of-14 and scored 18.

The Bobcats led by 10 going into the fourth quarter, and Morrison's 3-pointer with 6:17 left gave Charlotte a 92-73 lead as it won for the fifth time in seven games despite numerous injuries.

Raymond Felton (sprained left ankle), Primoz Brezec (back spasms) and Sean May (sore right knee) all sat out.

Jeff McInnis, acquired earlier this month in a trade with New Jersey, filled in nicely at point guard for Felton, shooting 7 of 11 and handing out nine assists.

The Hawks, who lost to Charlotte 96-75 on Friday, shot 51 percent but committed 17 turnovers.