Atlanta cooking at home

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ATLANTA --- The Atlanta Hawks were fortunate that they were at home and their opponent was the struggling Charlotte Bobcats.

Joe Johnson scored 18 of his 28 points in the second half to lead the Hawks to an 83-79 victory over Charlotte Monday night, extending the Bobcats' losing streak to seven.

Al Horford added 12 points and 14 rebounds for Atlanta (15-9), which won its third in a row and improved to 9-1 at home with six consecutive games at Philips Arena coming up.

"If we continue to take care of our home court, we can put ourselves in good position to get ahead of some of the teams in our division," Johnson said. "It's a big advantage (playing at home), especially when the crowd is up to it."

The Hawks never led until Horford's basket in the opening minute of the fourth quarter for a 70-68 advantage. Atlanta outscored Charlotte 15-9 in the period, with the Bobcats shooting only 4-for-20.

"I think we took them a little for granted, coming off a big game like Cleveland," Johnson said of the Hawks' victory Saturday.

Boris Diaw led Charlotte (7-18) with a season-high 25 points. Raymond Felton added 15.

Atlanta snapped Cleveland's 11-game winning streak with a 97-92 victory Saturday night. Next up is Boston on Wednesday night. The Celtics have won 15 in a row and are 23-2 after beating Utah on Monday night.

"It's going to be fun," Johnson said.

"We weren't looking to the Celtics. They just happen to be the next team on our schedule," said Atlanta coach Mike Woodson.

Johnson led the Hawks' 15-3 run that gave Atlanta a 74-68 lead with 7:45 left, scoring seven points.

Diaw and Raja Bell were acquired from Phoenix for top scorer Jason Richardson and Jared Dudley last week.

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