Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer wasn'tBud Dupree Jersey pleased his team allowed 37 points to the Charlotte Hornets in the third quarter and surrendered the lead.
He let his players know about it and the veteran team responded appropriately.
The Hawks tightened up their defense, held the Hornets to 4 of 24 shooting in the fourth quarter and escaped with a 94-92 victory Sunday in Charlotte's home opener. It was the Hawks' second closely contested win in three days over their Interstate-85 division foes.
The Hornets had a chance to tie the game at the buzzer, but Kemba Walker's 17-footer from the left wing hit the back rim and bounced out. Walker also missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds of Charlotte's 97-94 loss to Atlanta on Friday night.
Walker finished with 17 points and Nicolas Batum added 16 and eight assists for Charlotte (0-3). Al Jefferson contributed 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Hornets.
The Hornets led 76-70 entering the fourth, but missed 17 of their first 18 shots. Walker helped Nick Hayden Jerseythe Hornets break out of the funk with a long 3-pointer from the wing and four free throws to tie the game.
But with the score knotted at 89, Millsap shot an uncontested 3-pointer from the top of the key with 52.4 seconds that hit the rim a few times and rattled in.
Williams would answer with a 3-pointer off the side inbounds play at midcourt to cut the lead to two with 12.3 seconds left.
The Hawks had trouble with their inbounds pass and it wound up with a scrum on the floor resulting in a jump ball. Batum corralled the loose ball off the jump, pushed the ball up the floor to Walker, who got an open look from the left wing but missed the jumper.
''We have a young new team and we missed some execution at the end,'' Batum said. ''We have to learn from those games. It's still early in the season, but we're right there - we're going to be OK.''