NBA Game Summary - Charlotte at Atlanta
(Tuesday, December 27th)
Final Score: Charlotte 93, Atlanta 90
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Brevin Knight contributed 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists, as the Charlotte Bobcats defeated the Atlanta Hawks, 93-90, at Philips Arena.
Knight scored 18 of his points in the first half, but Keith Bogans and Bernard Robinson picked up the slack during the fourth period. Bogans scored 10 of his 13 points in the fourth period and Robinson contributed 13 points and made several big shots in the fourth for Charlotte.
Raymond Felton scored 12 points and Gerald Wallace added 11 points and seven rebounds for the Bobcats, who have won three of their last four games.
Al Harrington scored 19 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out seven assists, while Tyronn Lue scored 17 points off the bench in the loss.
Joe Johnson contributed 15 points and seven assists, Josh Smith scored 13 points and grabbed nine boards and Zaza Pachulia had 13 rebounds to go along with eight points for the Hawks, who have lost two of their last three games.
Atlanta seemed to be in control before the Bobcats stormed back midway through the fourth quarter.
The lead grew to 83-74 before Charlotte scored 10 straight points to take the lead. Bogans scored five points including the free throw that put the Bobcats in front with 5:39 left.
About two minutes later, Smith buried a long jump shot from the right corner as the shot clock wound down to give Atlanta an 89-87 advantage with 3:20 remaining. After Harrington made a free throw, Bogans sliced into the lane for a layup to trim the deficit back to one.
The Bobcats clamped down on defense with under a minute to play and Harrington was forced to heave a long three-pointer from the top of the circle as the shot clock expired.
Wallace penetrated into the lane with under 20 seconds left and dished the ball to an streaking Primoz Brezec, who laid it in to give Charlotte a 91-90 edge with 14.5 seconds remaining.
Harrington's running layup attempt in traffic only hit the backboard and Knight corralled the loose ball with seven seconds to go. He calmly drained both free throws to make the score 93-90.
Atlanta got a good look at the buzzer, but Josh Childress' three-point attempt from near the top of the circle hit the back of the rim.
"We shot a lot of outside jump shots and we thought we could put a little bit of pressure on their defense," said Smith. "On the switch-offs we had a lot of mismatches and we didn't take advantage of them."
Charlotte led 26-23 after the first period and quickly increased its advantage during the first few minutes of the second stanza. A 12-4 stretch to start the quarter opened up a 38-27 Bobcats' edge.
Knight and Bogans converted three-point plays and Brezec's slam in transition gave Charlotte the double-digit lead with 8:58 left in the half.
Atlanta regrouped and cut the deficit to 44-42 on Smith's jumper with 3:21 remaining, but the Bobcats reeled off a 7-2 spurt to close out the half.
"I told the guys it almost felt a little uncomfortable for me to shoot that many shots," said Knight of his torrid first half. "Every now and then they need something from you to get over the hump. Tonight in the first half they needed me to make shots."
A 15-2 scoring streak during the middle stages of the third period soared the Hawks into the lead. Johnson scored five points, Childress had two highlight- reel slams and Lue gave Atlanta a 64-63 edge on a slashing layup with 3:14 to go in the third stanza.
Atlanta led 72-67 after three periods.
The loss snapped Atlanta's four-game home winning streak. Atlanta is 5-7 at Philips Arena this season...Charlotte is 4-11 away from home...The Bobcats lead the all-time series 4-1...The Hawks made just 2-of-11 three-point attempts, while Charlotte was 1-of-3. Atlanta held a 45-38 edge on the glass. Forwards Emeka Okafor (ankle), Sean May (knee) and guard Kareem Rush (finger) did not play for Charlotte.
12/27 21:58:50 ET