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Bobcats Vs. Hawks: Josh Smith's 24 Points Charge Atlanta's Rout Of Charlotte

The Atlanta Hawks proved too much for Charlotte on Wednesday night, downing the Bobcats 120-93.

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Hawks Vs. Bobcats Final Score: Atlanta Routs Lowly Charlotte

The Atlanta Hawks overwhelmed the visiting Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night, cruising to a 120-93 victory and climbing within a half game of Orlando for fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings.

Josh Smith was terrific for the Hawks, needing just 27 minutes amass 24 points and nine rebounds. Atlanta also benefited from trio of Jannero Pargo, Marvin Williams and Willie Green coming off the bench to pour in 43 points.

The Bobcats had no match for Atlanta's offense, surrendering 47 field goals on just 83 attempts, and allowing Atlanta to shoot over 47 percent from beyond the three point line.

The win pushes Atlanta to 32-23, while Charlotte falls to an NBA-worst 7-45.

There's also the chance they get Anthony Davis in the draft at least, right?

For more on this game Hawks fans should check out Peachtree Hoops and Bobcats fans should visit Rufus On Fire. For more news and notes from around the NBA head over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball Page.

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Bobcats Vs. Hawks Score: Josh Smith Leads Atlanta To 61-44 Lead At Halftime

The Atlanta Hawks got a big first half from Josh Smith and lead the Charlotte Bobcats 61-44 at halftime. After taking a 27-25 lead at the end of the first quarter, Atlanta exploded in the second outscoring Charlotte 34-19 to take control.

Josh Smith continued is splendid play hitting eight of 11 shots for 18 points. Smith also has six rebounds and three assists. Jeff Teague added 13 points and three assists while Marvin Williams scored seven off the bench.

Kemba Walker was just about the lone bright spot for the Bobcats scoring 11 points off the bench in the first half. Gerald Henderson, Reggie Williams and Byron Mullens finished the half with eight points each.

Atlanta hit 60 percent of its shots in the first half as they had their way with the Charlotte defense. Jannero Pargo made his return to action after having an appendectomy a little over two weeks ago. Pargo played three minutes and handed out two assists in the first half.

For more on this game Hawks fans should check out Peachtree Hoops and Bobcats fans should visit Rufus On Fire. For more news and notes from around the NBA head over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball Page.

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NBA Eastern Conference Standings Update: Atlanta Hawks Currently In Sixth Place

With a little over three weeks left in the NBA regular season, the Eastern Conference playoff picture is still incredibly muddled.

While the Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat have raced ahead of the pack to secure the top two seeds, only 5.5 games separate the third place Indiana Pacers from the eight place New York Knicks.

The Atlanta Hawks are directly in the middle of the pack, coming in at sixth place, one game behind the Orlando Magic and 1.5 games ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers.

However, thanks to a pretty soft schedule to close out the season, including two games each against the Charlotte Bobcats, Toronto Raptors and Detroit Pistons, ESPN's John Hollinger projects them to get all the way up to the No. 3 slot by the end of the season.

Here are the full Eastern Conference standings as of Wednesday, April 4:

EASTERN W L PCT GB HOME ROAD DIV CONF PF PA DIFF STRK L10
1 x - Chicago 42 13 .764 - 21-6 21-7 10-1 31-7 96.8 88.8 +8.0 Lost 2 6-4
2 x - Miami 38 14 .731 2 ½ 22-2 16-12 8-3 29-8 100.7 93.5 +7.1 Won 1 7-3
3 Indiana 32 21 .604 9 17-7 15-14 4-3 21-16 96.7 94.0 +2.7 Won 2 7-3
4 Boston 30 22 .577 10 ½ 19-8 11-14 6-4 23-12 91.6 89.8 +1.8 Won 5 7-3
5 Orlando 32 22 .593 9 ½ 18-10 14-12 7-5 25-14 94.3 92.7 +1.6 Lost 4 4-6
6 Atlanta 31 23 .574 10 ½ 17-8 14-15 8-3 24-14 94.6 93.1 +1.5 Lost 1 6-4
7 Philadelphia 29 24 .547 12 19-10 10-14 4-3 22-13 93.6 88.0 +5.6 Lost 1 4-6
8 New York 27 27 .500 14 ½ 18-10 9-17 6-6 20-17 97.2 94.7 +2.5 Lost 1 7-3
Milwaukee 25 28 .472 16 12-12 13-16 5-6 19-18 98.7 98.4 +0.3 Won 1 6-4
Detroit 20 33 .377 21 14-12 6-21 3-8 15-21 90.1 95.4 -5.3 Won 2 4-6
Toronto 19 35 .352 22 ½ 11-17 8-18 4-7 11-26 91.8 95.4 -3.6 Won 2 4-6
New Jersey 19 36 .345 23 7-19 12-17 4-4 13-25 93.0 98.5 -5.5 Lost 1 4-6
Cleveland 17 34 .333 23 9-18 8-16 3-7 9-26 93.2 99.7 -6.5 Lost 8 1-9
Washington 12 41 .226 29 7-20 5-21 2-7 8-27 93.2 100.0 -6.8 Lost 2 2-8
Charlotte 7 44 .137 33 4-20 3-24 1-8 5-31 87.9 100.4 -12.5 Lost 8 1-9

For the latest news and notes on the Hawks, stay tuned to SB Nation Atlanta and check out Peachtree Hoops.

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Bobcats Vs. Hawks: Jannero Pargo Expected To Play, Vladimir Radmanovic Out

Slowly but surely the Atlanta Hawks are starting to get healthy. Point guard Jannero Pargo expects to return to action Wednesday night when the Hawks take on the Bobcats for the first time since having an appendectomy.

Jerry Stackhouse and Tracy McGrady are also expected to suit up and Al Horford took part in the non-contact portion of practice on Tuesday for the first time since having surgery on January 17. The Hawks enjoyed two days off before practicing on Tuesday in preparation for the final stretch of the regular season.

That means that the Hawks should have everyone available for Wednesday's game except Horford and forward Vladimir Radmanovic who has been ruled out with a back injury.

For more on this game Hawks fans should check out Peachtree Hoops and Bobcats fans should visit Rufus On Fire. For more news and notes from around the NBA head over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball Page.

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Bobcats Vs. Hawks Time, TV, Radio Info And More

The Atlanta Hawks look to close the final stretch of the NBA season strong starting tonight against the Charlotte Bobcats.

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