Atlanta closes out its preseason with a win

Atlanta's Marvin Williams shoots over Charlotte's Corey Maggette during the first half of Thursday's preseason game. The Hawks beat the Bobcats by 17.



ATLANTA — Josh Smith scored 14 of his 21 points in the first half, and the Atlanta Hawks earned a 92-75 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Thursday.

The Hawks split two preseason games with the Bobcats, losing 79-77 on Monday in Charlotte.

Charlotte was buoyed by the return of forward Corey Maggette, who missed Monday’s game with back spasms. He scored 13 of his team-high 18 points in the first quarter on the way to a 27-all tie, but no other Charlotte player scored more than nine points.

Rookie free agent forward Ivan Johnson added 15 points and eight rebounds, and All-Star guard Joe Johnson scored 12 for the Hawks.


SUNS: Waived swingman Mickael Pietrus after reaching a financial agreement.

In July, Pietrus exercised a player option to return to the Suns this season for a $5.3 million salary. Pietrus underwent minor right knee surgery in July after the French national team declared him unable to play.


NETS: Acquired All-Star center Mehmet Okur from Utah for a second-round draft pick.

The 6-foot-11 Okur is in his 10th year and was to earn $10.8 million this season in the final year of his contract.

The Nets needed another big man after learning Brook Lopez was out until at least February from surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right foot.


CAVALIERS: Waived guard Manny Harris, who missed training camp with a burned foot. He had been unable to practice because of a burn on his right foot that team doctors could not treat during the NBA lockout.


COURTS: A fan’s lawsuit against Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant over a courtside incident in Memphis has been bounced back to a lower court by a federal appeals court.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati says a U.S. district court was right to dismiss the fan’s claim of emotional distress. But the lower court was asked Thursday to take another look at the lawsuit’s claim of assault and battery. The fan says Bryant knocked his seat back, then forearmed him in the chest when he charged after the ball in a 2005 game.


HEAT: Owner Micky Arison is revealing that he cast a ballot against passing the new collective bargaining agreement.

Arison says it was “a protest vote” primarily in response to the way revenue-sharing components of the deal will be structured. He is the second owner to reveal that he voted against the CBA, joining Dallas’ Mark Cuban. In all, five teams voted against the CBA.