The Atlanta Hawks suffered their fourth straight loss Monday night with a 105-90 setback to the Charlotte Hornets. Atlanta trailed by as many as 23 points and fell to 0-5 in games without Paul Millsap this season.
The Hawks were down a pair of key players in Millsap who missed his second straight game with a knee issue and Kent Bazemore who was injured in Saturday's loss to Portland.
Atlanta started well enough and found themselves tied the Hornets 19-19 at the end of the first quarter. Charlotte started to establish themselves in the second and jumped out to a 13 point advantage before settling for a 51-42 lead at the intermission.
The Hornets took control of the game for good in the third quarter pushing the lead to as many as 19 before cruising home for the win in the fourth.
The defensive end of the floor was once again a problem for Atlanta. Charlotte shot 50 percent from the field for the game and connected on 12 of 30 three-point attempts. The Hawks shot 44 percent themselves and knocked down 12 three-point attempts but 18 turnovers were more than they could overcome.
Dennis Schroder led the way for Atlanta with 20 points while Dwight Howard and Ersan Ilyasova finished with 13 each. Kemba Walker and Nicolas Batum led Charlotte with 16 points each while Frank Kaminsky added 14 off the bench. The Hornets finished the night with a 43-22 edge in bench points.
Atlanta falls to 37-33 on the season and are now four full games behind the Toronto Raptors for fourth place in the East Standings. The Hawks lead over sixth place Indiana is down to a single game.
Atlanta's road trip continues on Wednesday with a stop in Washington to face the Wizards.