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Horford scores 22 in exhibition game
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Rookie Al Horford scored 22 points and the Atlanta Hawks held off a second-half rally to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 104-98 Thursday in an exhibition game.

Horford, who led Florida to back-to-back NCAA titles before becoming the third pick in the draft, added 12 rebounds for the Hawks.

Josh Childress had 19 points, Josh Smith 17 and Marvin Williams 12 for Atlanta. Anthony Johnson and rookie Acie Law each added 10.

Gerald Wallace had 34 points and 10 rebounds for the Bobcats, who were out rebounded 45-29 - including 17-4 in offensive boards. Jason Richardson had 17 points and Raymond Felton added 13.

Down nine at halftime, Charlotte led three times in the third quarter, the last at 62-61 on a pair of free throws by Wallace with 3:15 left.

The Bobcats tied it at 76 on a layup by Richardson with 10:35 remaining in the fourth quarter, but a jumper by Williams followed by a dunk from Horford put Atlanta ahead to stay.

Atlanta center Zaza Pachulia left late in the third quarter after spraining his left knee.