The Atlanta Hawks evened up their preseason record with an 87-85 win over the Charlotte Bobcats in Asheville, North Carolina.
The game see-sawed back and forth over the final 12 minutes before some late heroics by rookie Dennis Schröder proved to be the difference. Mike Scott put Atlanta up 85-82 with a three-pointer with just 1:30 remaining. Charlotte came back to tie the game with three free throws from Ramon Sessions. Schröder's floater with 2.1 seconds remaining put the Hawks back up 87-85 and Jannero Pargo's desperation shot at the buzzer was no good thus sealing the victory for Atlanta.
Scott came up big for the second straight game scoring a game-high 19 points on 8-11 shooting including 2-3 from three-point range. Kyle Korver went 3-5 from deep and finished with 14 points. DeMarre Carroll was solid again finishing with 12 points. Schröder finished with nine points and seven assists but was just 4-15 from the field to go along with five turnovers.
Sessions led the Bobcats with 17 points and six assists off the bench. Kemba Walker added 12 while Cody Zeller and Gerald Henderson finished with nine each.
Mike Budenholzer elected to rest Al Horford on Tuesday and gave some playing time to several players that did not play in Monday's loss to the Heat. Elton Brand started at center and played 30 minutes finishing with four points, eight rebounds and seven blocked shots. Damien Wilkins, Royal Ivey and David Lighty also made their preseason debuts.
The Hawks will enjoy a few days off before returning to action on Sunday against the New Orleans Pelicans in Biloxi, Mississippi.