Final Score: Atlanta 118, Charlotte 116 (OT)
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Paul Millsap poured in a season-high 33
points with 13 rebounds and the Atlanta Hawks defeated the Charlotte
Bobcats for a 10th straight time with a 118-116 overtime win.
Playing for the first time without Al Horford, who will likely miss the
remainder of the regular season with a torn right pectoral muscle, the Hawks
came back from as many as 14 in the second half to force overtime and
continue their dominance over their division foe.
Lou Williams also scored a season-high with 28 points off the bench,
including 8-for-8 from the free-throw line in the extra session, and Jeff
Teague netted 20 points with nine assists for the Hawks.
Mike Scott added 18 points off the pine for Atlanta, which played in its third
consecutive overtime contest.
"I'm just proud of our guys," said Atlanta head coach Mike Budenholzer "Our
guys found a way to win a game tonight. We feel fortunate but we're also
Al Jefferson had a monster outing for Charlotte with 24 points and 23 rebounds
and Gerald Henderson added 22 points.
Kemba Walker finished with 16 points and five assists for the Bobcats, who
have lost three of their last four tilts.
With the score tied at 96, Walker drove the lane and missed a layup, but
Jefferson was there for his 20th rebound to clean up with a big putback layup
with 34 seconds left in regulation.
Teague then missed a jumper and Walker made 1-of-2 at the line with under 20
seconds remaining in the fourth to make it a 99-96 game.
Atlanta traded a two-pointer from Millsap with a pair of free throws from
Walker when Pero Antic pump-faked and made a one-footed running 3 from the
corner to tie the game at 101.
Henderson's pullup jumper from the top of the key as time expired didn't go
and the game went to overtime.
After Henderson opened the extra session with a jumper, Scott buried a triple
for a 104-103 margin. Henderson then made a nice back-door cut and McRoberts
found him for an easy dunk.
Teague tied the game at 106 with a driving layup with 1:54 to go in OT, but
Jefferson cleaned up another Walker miss at the other end for a 108-106 lead.
Millsap tied the game with a pair of free throws less than a minute later and
Williams added a two at the line to push Atlanta ahead, 110-108, with 32.1
Walker missed a jumper when Williams gathered the rebound and hit both free
throws to make it a four-point game, 112-108.
Anthony Tolliver's last ditch effort was off the mark and Williams hit another
pair at the charity stripe to seal the win.
The Hawks led 25-22 after one quarter of play but a 17-3 run from Charlotte in
the second gave the visitors a 45-35 lead with over four minutes left until
Teague halted the momentum with a triple at the 3:24 mark of the quarter and
the Hawks closed to within five, 50-45, at the break.
The Bobcats led by as many as 14 in the third, but Williams hit a 3 from the
wing in transition with 3.2 seconds left to cut the deficit to 77-71 heading
to the fourth.
"We got a nice lead in the third but we knew they were going to make a run
like all teams do at home," said Jefferson.
Atlanta was 28-for-32 (82.4 percent) from the free throw line ... Tolliver
scored 12 points and Ben Gordon tallied 15 points off the bench for Charlotte
... There were 10 ties and 10 lead changes in the contest ... The Hawks
converted on 16-of-39 (41 percent) from deep.
12/28 23:59:01 ET
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