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  • 14 Aug
    导出博客文章CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Dwight Howard lost his cool, and the Atlanta Hawks lost a
    potentially key Eastern Conference game.Howard was ejected with 5:38 left and
    his team leading by three when he threw an elbow at the head of Charlotte center
    Cody Zeller and received a Flagrant-2 foul. The Hornets scored the next nine
    points -- seven by Kemba Walker -- and snapped Atlantas six-game winning streak
    with a 100-96 victory Friday night.Nic Batum had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and
    Zeller matched his career high with 23 points on 9-of-10 shooting for the
    Hornets (8-3), who earned their biggest win of the season.Walker overcame a slow
    start to score 19 of his 21 points in the second half for his 10th straight
    20-point game.Howard said afterward the contact wasnt intentional and he didnt
    think it cost his team the game.It wasnt like I tried to hit him in the face,
    but my job is to protect my house -- at all costs, said Howard, who finished
    with 10 points and 18 rebounds. I am making no apologies for it.Paul Millsap,
    who led the Hawks with 22 points and 13 rebounds, said the ejection fueled the
    home crowd.Plays like that are momentum shifts, Millsap said. It kind of sparked
    them. They took that and added fuel to the fire.The ejection revved up the crowd
    -- and apparently Walker, too.The 6-foot point guard drove baseline and made a
    reverse layup to give the Hornets the lead for good. Walker added another layup
    off a hesitation dribble and then connected on a 3-pointer from the top of the
    arc to push the lead to six.Zeller said after the game he didnt think Howards
    elbow to the face was a dirty play.I have taken a lot of hard hits with two
    older brothers, Zeller said. I knew it was going to be a physical game. But it
    was a huge play in the game because they couldnt go to him late in the game and
    we went on a run.TIP-INSHawks: Howard had 11 rebounds at halftime, while the
    rest of the starting lineup had two combined. ... The Hawks shot just 3 of 17
    from the field in the fourth quarter.Hornets: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist did a nice
    job guarding Kyle Korver, limiting him to two points through the first three
    quarters. ... Jeremy Lamb was close to returning to the lineup but is still
    bothered by a hamstring injury.STRONG SECOND HALFWalker, who came in averaging
    25.8 points per game -- the third-best mark in the Eastern Conference -- missed
    all seven of his shots from the field in the first half but was 8 of 13 the rest
    of the way.There wasnt anything different, Walker said. I was aggressive all
    night, I just stayed aggressive. At one point shots just werent falling for me
    like they have been lately. I stuck with it, my teammates just kept telling me
    `stay with it, its going to fall. I just tried to play the game and pick my
    spots and I was able to come up with some big plays.HORNETS COMEBACKSIn six of
    Charlottes eight wins the team has come back from 10 points down. Now, the
    Hornets have a busy stretch coming up with 18 games in 32 days.If were a good
    team, the kind of team we need to be, then we have to get on this plane with the
    right attitude and find a way to play a good game tomorrow night on the road and
    win, coach Steve Clifford said. Thats what the good teams do.SUPPORTING
    DWIGHTKorver threw his support behind Howard after the game.Hes just kind of a
    safety net for us, Korver said. Hes back there with all that size, I think he
    had 18 rebounds tonight, and hes back there to protect the paint. Thats his job.
    Thats what hes great at.UP NEXTHawks: Travel to New York to face the Knicks on
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    companys CEO told him news that would reduce the value of his shares, for which
    hed paid $7.5 million. But he said he did nothing improper when he sold those
    shares over the next two days. TULSA, Okla. -- Junior Etou scored 17 points and
    made two clutch baskets down the stretch that helped Tulsa repel a strong Oregon
    State rally for a 75-64 win on Tuesday night.Junior college transfer Jaleel
    Wheeler added 16 points and Sterling Taplin and Pat Birt nine each in matchup of
    two of last years NCAA Tournament participants which were hit hard by
    graduation. Tulsa (2-2) shot 45 percent and outrebounded OSU 38-23, led by Etons
    seven boards.Tres Tinkle scored 19 points for Oregon State (2-3), JaQuori
    McLaughlin had 12 points and five rebounds and Drew Eubanks added 10 points and
    five boards.Trailing 37-22 after a tentative first half, Oregon State asserted
    itself early in the second, opening with a 17-3 run to pull within 40-39 on a
    3-pointer by Kendal Manuel.Tulsa regained some control with a 7-0 run by Taplin,
    who made a 3-pointer, a free throw and then a steal and layup to push the lead
    back to 53-44. OSU kept chipping away and was within four when Etou answered
    with a 3-pointer from the left corner, then a layup on a nifty assist from
    Taplin, giving Tulsa a 67-58 advantage with 2:50 left.I think what we did was we
    shot quick shots early in the second half, said Tulsa coach Frank Haith. We got
    out of character on offense in the second half. They have good players and they
    made some shots, they got their rhythm and they got confidence, but Im proud of
    how we bowed our backs and didnt falter.Tulsa opened the big halftime lead
    despite using 12 players and changing lineups constantly. Seven players made at
    least one 3-pointer in the half, eight scored and Tulsa limited the Beavers to
    39 percent shooting (9-23).Im proud of the way we battled back, said OSU coach
    Wayne Tinkle. They had 25 free throws to eight for us and had a big edge on the
    boards. We played with much more purpose in the second half and thats the waay
    we need to play, with passion, energy and purpose.dddddddddddd. I didnt see that
    in the first half.BIG PICTUREOregon State: The Beavers lost eight players who
    had played in a combined 622 games at OSU. Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle
    admitted he peeled a little paint with his halftime and post-game sermons in
    reminding his young team of the passion and intensity it needs to demonstrate on
    a consistent basis.We were acting way too cool, Tinkle said. Thats not how you
    play at Oregon State and these young guys need to learn that.Oregon State was
    without guard Stephen Thompson Jr., out with a leg injury.Tulsa: The Hurricane
    are replacing 10 seniors and have just five players who were on the roster last
    year, including two who sat out (TK Edogi redshirted and Etou was a transfer
    from Rutgers).With 10 new players, its all about practicing, working to get
    better, Haith said. Weve got some high character guys who want to work and its
    showing.NEWCOMERS COME UP BIGNot only did Wheeler score 16 points, but freshman
    center Will Magnay replaced Edogi and fellow freshman Martins Igbanu at center
    for most of the final 10 minutes, making 7 of 8 free throws down the stretch,
    grabbing four rebounds and coming up with two blocks.Its nice to have the three
    of them and go with who has the hot hand, Haith said. Will has a big body, knows
    the game and has a lot of upside. Plus hell be about an 80 percent free throw
    shooter. Its good to have him in there when theyre fouling to get back in the
    game.UP NEXTOregon State: returns home for games Friday against Fresno State and
    Monday against Southern Oregon.Tulsa: visits crosstown rival Oral Roberts
    Monday. Haiths teams have yet to defeat ORU in two previous meetings. ' ' '