NBA Game Summary - Atlanta at Charlotte
(Wednesday, February 13th)
Final Score: Charlotte 100, Atlanta 98 (OT)
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Emeka Okafor scored 20 points and grabbed 21 rebounds as the Charlotte Bobcats overcame a 14-point deficit to top the Atlanta Hawks, 100-98, in overtime to snap their seven-game losing streak.
Raymond Felton added 22 points and seven assists for the Bobcats, who also halted a five-game losing streak on their home court. Jason Richardson scored 19 points, while Jared Dudley finished with a dozen points.
"The main thing it shows is that this team is still together," said Bobcats head coach Sam Vincent. "This team is still fighting to win games."
Jeff McInnis scored six points for the Bobcats, including the go-ahead basket in the final minute of overtime.
After the Bobcats scored the first four points of overtime, Joe Johnson and Tyronn Lue hit consecutive threes for the Hawks to take a 98-96 lead with 2:30 left.
Okafor tied the game at 98 with a pair of free throws, then McInnis put the Bobcats on top with a finger roll shot inside of 50 seconds to play. After an Atlanta turnover, Richardson missed a three and Anthony Johnson secured the rebound with seven seconds left.
Joe Johnson then had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds, but his runner over Okafor banged off the front of the rim and the Bobcats were able to hold on for the victory.
Joe Johnson scored 23 points for the Hawks, while Lue contributed a season- high 19. Al Horford added 12 points and 14 boards for Atlanta, which heads into the All-Star break on a four-game losing skid.
Atlanta was without the services of Josh Childress, who was sent home before the game to have an MRI performed on his injured right knee. Childress injured his knee Tuesday against Detroit.
Trailing by 10 entering the fourth quarter, the Bobcats continued to keep the game close, pulling within five on a jumper from the right wing by Matt Carroll with 8:19 to play. Joe Johnson responded immediately with a three for Atlanta, putting the Hawks up 82-74.
Charlotte finally closed the gap with a 6-0 run late in the fourth, with successive baskets by Acie Law and Okafor, and a pair of free throws by Richardson. The brief surge knotted the game at 88-88 inside of three minutes to play.
Neither team managed to score until Okafor's putback with 40.3 seconds left put Charlotte up by two, but Lue countered with a floater that tied the game at 90 with 28.8 ticks on the clock.
Richardson was then fouled by Horford driving to basket with 6.8 seconds left, and made a pair from the line to give Charlotte a two-point lead.
On Atlanta's ensuing possession, Anthony Johnson was fouled by Felton with 1.4 seconds left and made both free throws to tie the game at 92 apiece. Charlotte had a chance to win the game in regulation, but Felton's flailing three- pointer at the buzzer was errant and the game headed to overtime.
"Our guys are somewhat clock-watching now," said Hawks head coach Mike Woodson. "They get leads and then teams start to make runs, and they start to look at the clock and hope the clock runs out. That's not good."
Atlanta used a 16-4 run at the end of the first quarter to take a 29-19 lead, and the Hawks led by as many as 14 on the way to a 51-39 halftime lead.
Charlotte got to within two in the third quarter, but Atlanta continued to hold strong, scoring eight straight points to push the lead to double digits and take a 73-63 lead into the fourth.
Charlotte improved to 2-3 in overtime games this season, Atlanta fell to 0-4 in overtime...Okafor's 20-20 game was his second this season and the third of his career...Charlotte won despite a 2-of-13 performance from three-point range and a 6-of-8 night from beyond the arc for Atlanta.
02/13 22:51:19 ET