NBA Game Summary - Atlanta at Charlotte
(Friday, March 7th)
Final Score: Charlotte 108, Atlanta 93
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Matt Carroll scored a season-high 21 points, including a 5-of-6 showing from beyond the arc, to lead the Charlotte Bobcats in a 108-93 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.
Raymond Felton poured in 23 points and doled out 11 assists for the Bobcats, who tied a franchise record with four straight wins. Emeka Okafor added 16 points and 15 boards. Jason Richardson and Jared Dudley gave 13 points apiece. Dudley added eight rebounds and four steals.
Joe Johnson scored 20 points and gave out seven helpers for the Hawks, who have let their last four contests slip away. Al Horford ended with 18 points and 11 boards, while Marvin Williams scored 17. Mike Bibby totaled 11 points and 10 assists for Atlanta, which is one game behind New Jersey for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Bobcats guard Derek Anderson (knee) was out for Friday's game. Forward Gerald Wallace has missed seven games after suffering his fourth concussion. Wallace led the team with 20.6 points per game before he got hurt, and could return next week.
Charlotte's lead hovered around 10, until five Dudley points, four from Boykins and a Felton-to-Okafor alley-oop made it 97-79 with about seven minutes to play.
Three minutes later, a Horford jumper and four points from Williams closed the deficit to 99-85 for Atlanta.
The Hawks never closed the gap fewer than 14 points the rest of the game.
"We obviously played one of our better games of the year," Charlotte head coach Sam Vincent said. "I thought the guys did a terrific job of moving the ball, sharing the ball, taking the shots that were open and knocking them down."
Josh Childress and Salim Stoudamire each had seven points off the bench in defeat.
A Childress dunk put the finishing touches on a 10-0 Atlanta run in the closing minute of the first quarter. The surge played a pivotal role in the Hawks' 24-16 lead after the opening frame.
A Felton three-pointer at the end of the second quarter gave the Bobcats a 50-47 lead heading into the intermission.
A Williams bucket and a Horford layup brought the Hawks within one, 60-59, with just over seven minutes remaining in the third. Moments later, a Carroll trey and three free throws from Okafor opened a 68-61 Charlotte lead.
Johnson answered with a bucket, though, and a Richardson dunk and another Carroll three gave Charlotte a 73-63 lead with just over 2 1/2 minutes to play.
The Bobcats eventually took a 78-69 advantage into the final 12 minutes of play.
"We're just not defending," Atlanta head coach Mike Woodson said. "Until we realize that it's going to be a struggle to win games."
The Hawks are just 7-24 as the visitor this season and have dropped five straight and 12 of their last 13 contests on the road. Atlanta has lost five straight meetings at Charlotte Bobcats Arena...On Saturday, the Hawks will play the Heat twice. The clubs will replay the final 51.9 seconds of a December 19 game. Miami, which was originally dealt a 117-111 loss, was granted to replay the end of the game by the league. The Heat protested because the Hawks' scoring table personnel incorrectly disqualified the Heat's Shaquille O'Neal with a sixth foul. O'Neal, who only had five personal fouls, has since been traded to Phoenix...Friday's victory marked the fifth consecutive game that the Bobcats scored over 100 points...Charlotte's Earl Boykins and Richardson both played in their 500th career game.
03/07 22:41:15 ET