ATLANTA, April 14 (Ticker) --
Rookie Raymond Felton
may not be playing
for a postseason appearence but he continues to shine for the
Felton had 27 points and eight assists and Melvin Ely
points off the bench as the Bobcats posted a 116-110 over the
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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
, who scored 19 points. "It's something we've been
harping on the last few games. Unfortunately, it bit us once
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
said. "It was tough for us to get back in it."
Charlotte sealed the victory as it made five of its last six
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
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."