NBA Game Summary - Charlotte at Atlanta
(Friday, March 19th)
Final Score: Atlanta 93, Charlotte 92 (OT)
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Joe Johnson tied the game at the end of regulation and then made a 21-foot jumper as time expired in overtime, as the Atlanta Hawks edged the Charlotte Bobcats, 93-92, at Philips Arena.
Johnson, who missed the previous two games with a strained Achilles, ended with 18 points for the Hawks, winners in four of their last five. Josh Smith donated 18 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. Jamal Crawford chipped in 16 points to help Atlanta claim its fifth straight home victory.
Raymond Felton finished with 25 points for the Bobcats, who have still won seven of nine despite the loss. Gerald Wallace, who had missed the last three games with an ankle injury, tallied 20 points and 16 boards.
Stephen Jackson ended with 19 points for Charlotte, which is one win away from setting a franchise record for wins in a season. The Bobcats' win over the Thunder on Wednesday gave them 35 wins, tying last year's win total.
"We gave great effort tonight, but we're not very happy," Bobcats head coach Larry Brown said. "I thought the play of Gerald Wallace was great, especially not having played in a few days. That's why he's an All-Star. He gave us a chance to win. We had a lot of opportunities to win, and we had a great shot in regulation to win the game, but it's just one of those things. You can't explain it, but you have to give (the Hawks) credit. They made the plays to win the game. Joe Johnson made a great shot."
Johnson's trey three minutes into overtime gave Atlanta a 91-88 edge. The score remained the same following multiple misses and turnovers.
Theo Ratliff's block of Johnson's driving layup led to Felton's layup with 38.1 ticks left. Crawford then missed a jumper and Wallace pulled down the defensive rebound with 13.2 seconds to go.
Felton drove to the lane and made a spectacular runner with his left hand with 3.8 ticks remaining to give Charlotte a 92-91 edge. Following a timeout, Johnson took the inbounds pass and dribbled to the left before draining the game-winning shot with a hand in his face.
"It felt great when it left my hand," Johnson said of his game-winning shot. "I couldn't even see the basket after I shot. But if felt so good, I pretty much knew it was in the bucket. I just got a clean look. I saw that Stephen Jackson and Raymond Felton were talking about switching, and initially when they switched I had Felton on me, and I was able to get a clean look at the basket."
Boris Diaw's jumper gave the Bobcats a 76-66 lead with nine minutes to play in the fourth. However, the Hawks responded with an 11-2 spurt to cut the deficit to one, 78-77.
Trailing 84-79 with less than 2 1/2 minutes to go, Atlanta scored the final five points of regulation to send things into an extra session.
Al Horford's tip-in cut the gap to two, 84-82, with 1:12 left. Following a pair of missed foul shots by Jackson, Johnson made a floater in the lane with 35.4 seconds remaining to deadlock the tilt at 84-all.
After Ratliff missed a jumper, Smith missed a three as time expired in regulation.
The Bobcats held a 26-20 edge after 12 minutes of action, but the Hawks turned the tables in the second and took a 46-44 lead into the locker room.
Jackson's driving layup put Charlotte ahead 63-56 with less than 4 1/2 minutes left in the third. But Atlanta responded with eight straight points to go in front by one, 64-63, with less than two minutes remaining.
The Bobcats scored the final six points of the third, with Wallace's tip-in giving Charlotte a 69-64 edge heading to the fourth.
The Hawks lead the season series with Charlotte, 2-1...The Bobcats have never reached the playoffs in their existence...Atlanta made 41.9 percent of its shots, while Charlotte shot 45.3 percent from the field...The Hawks went 17- of-22 from the foul line, while the Bobcats went 9-of-15 from the charity stripe.
03/19 23:42:51 ET