D.J. Augustin followed up his 21-point effort against Dallas with 26 points and seven assists, while shooting 7-11 from three-point range as the Charlotte Bobcats lost a close game to the Atlanta Hawks at Phillips Arena.
Bobcats' coach Larry Brown went with his two rookies, Augustin and Alexis Ajinca, in the starting lineup because of what he called a lack of effort. It paid off early as the Bobcats jumped out to a 21-8 lead; Gerald Wallace scored 13 points during the first quarter.
D.J. Augustin warmed up in the second quarter but the Bobcats trailed 43-47 at the half.
Raymond Felton hit a three-pointer to put the Bobcats up 81-80 with 2:29 left in the fourth quarter. Marvin Williams answered with a three of his own and the Hawks never looked back.
Gerald Wallace had 17 points and 10 rebounds; Emeka Okafor contributed eight points and 11 rebounds for the Bobcats (3-8) who were playing their fourth game without leading scorer Jason Richardson.
Joe Johnson had a strong second half and led the Hawks with 30 points; Marvin Williams scored 22 points to go with 10 rebounds for the Hawks (8-4).
Maurice Evans came off the bench to chip in 10 points and 10 rebounds while Mike Bibby had 14 points, including two big three-pointers in the fourth quarter.
Game notes: Larry Brown was called for a technical foul late in the second quarter. Hawks coach, Mike Woodson, served as an assistant to Bobcats coach, Larry Brown, in Philadelphia and Detroit. The Bobcats are 11-6 all time against the Hawks.