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Hawks roll past Charlotte
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Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (15) is rejected by Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford (15) in the second period of Saturday's game in Atlanta. - photo by Associated Press



    ATLANTA — Paul Millsap scored 18 points, Mike Scott added 14 and the Atlanta Hawks handed the Charlotte Hornets a ninth straight loss with a 105-75 victory on Saturday night.
    Dennis Schroder and Kyle Korver each finished with 12 points for Atlanta (9-6), which has won two straight and four of five.
    The Hornets (4-14) trailed by 20 early in the second quarter, by 32 late in the second and were down by 44 early in the third.
    Al Jefferson was the only Hornet in double figures before reserve guard P.J. Hairston scored his 10th point early in the fourth.
    Hairston led Charlotte with 15 points. Hornets guard Gerald Henderson, who had 14 points, was the only starter for either team to play in the fourth quarter.
    Jefferson finished with 11 points and reserve guard Jannero Pargo added 10. Starting guards Kemba Walker and Lance Stephenson missed a combined 13 of 18 shots from the field to finish with 10 total points.
    The Hornets, who are 1-9 since starting forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffered a stress reaction in his right foot, were horrible defensively in the first half, letting the Hawks shoot 61 percent, getting outscored by 18 in the paint and getting outrebounded by 13.
    Atlanta led 64-28 at intermission and was up by 44 on Horford's hook shot with 7:45 left in the third. The Hawks improved to 7-2 at home.
    Korver hit a 3-pointer midway through the first to give the Hawks their first double-digit lead
    Mike Scott's free throw at 8:29 of the second put Atlanta up by 20 for the first time, and Carroll hit a 3-pointer at the 1:55 mark to make it a 32-point lead.
    The Hawks led by 40 on Korver's free throw at the 9:38 mark of the third.

TIP-INS — Hornets: Coach Steve Clifford said that Kidd-Gilchrist could return next week. ... Starting F Marvin Williams missed his second straight game with a strained left shoulder. ... Reserve G Gary Neal, Charlotte's third-leading scorer was out for a third straight game with a sprained left shoulder.
Hawks: Reserve big man Elton Brand played a season-high 28 minutes, finishing with nine points and nine rebounds.