ATLANTA, April 14 (Ticker) -- Rookie Raymond Felton may not be playing for a postseason appearence but he continues to shine for the Charlotte Bobcats.

Felton had 27 points and eight assists and Melvin Ely scored 21 points off the bench as the Bobcats posted a 116-110 over the Atlanta Hawks.

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A 6-1 guard, Felton has been impressive in his last five games. The fifth overall pick June's draft is averaging better than 16 points and eight assists during that stretch.

Charlotte held 69-65 edge in the third quarter before pulling away for good behind a 12-2 surge. Felton capped the surge with a 3-pointer at the 2:57 mark.

"We picked it up in the second half," said Charlotte guard Matt Carroll, who scored 17 points. "We never give up. That's the kind of team we are."

"We allowed too many easy opportunities," said Atlanta guard Tyronn Lue, who scored 19 points. "It's something we've been harping on the last few games. Unfortunately, it bit us once again."

The Bobcats lead by 10 points with 3:51 to go, but powered by a 13-point fourth quarter from Joe Johnson, the Hawks cut the deficit to 111-108 on his 3-pointer with 22 seconds remaining.

"We just came out ready," Ely said. "Take nothing away from them, because they came out ready to play. So when we got control of the game, we were just trying to maintain and win."

"Once they got the lead, we were playing catch up," Hawks coach Mike Woodson said. "It was tough for us to get back in it."

Charlotte sealed the victory as it made five of its last six free throws.

Alan Anderson scored 15 points and Primoz Brezec added 14 for Charlotte (23-56), which shot 54 percent (42-of-78) and collected 11 steals.

Johnson scored 35 points and rookie Marvin Williams contributed 22 for the Hawks, who shot 52 percent (42-of-81).

"We got out of what got us the lead," said Johnson, who made 13-of-26 shots. "We settled for jump shots. I think we rely a lot on our offense to win basketball games. We tend to get away from our defensive scheme. It's hurt us."