Everything You Need to Know - Hawks vs. Bobcats - March 19, 2010

Atlanta 93, Charlotte 92 (OT) | March 19, 2010 | Philips Arena
  • Joe Johnson's fade away jumper as time expired lifted Atlanta to 93-92 OT win over Charlotte at Philips Arena.
  • Johnson finished with 18 points, 16 in the 4th qtr and OT.
  • The victory coupled with Cleveland's win over Chicago puts the Hawks magic number to clinch a playoff berth at 2.
  • The Bobcats jumped to an early 9-point lead in the first before Atlanta rallied to take a 46-44 lead at halftime.
  • Charlotte went up 76-66 with under 9 minutes to play but Atlanta responded with an 11-2 run to get back in it...The Hawks trailed by 2 with under a minute to go but tied it on Al Horford's tip-in to send it to the extra session.
  • Josh Smith (18 pts\11 rebs), Al Horford (13 pts\13 rebs) and Marvin Williams (12 pts\14 rebs) all had double-doubles for Atlanta ... Jamal Crawford added 16 pts.
  • Raymond Felton had a game-high 25 pts to lead the Bobcats, and Gerald Wallace had 20 pts and 16 boards...Former Hawks guard Stephen Jackson added 19 pts.
  • The Hawks are now 3-3 in OT games on the year.
  • The Hawks are back in action on Sunday at Philips Arena (8pm) against the San Antonio Spurs (FSS0 HD, ESPN and 790 The Zone).

Al Horford



Honorable Mentions:
Josh Smith- 18 pts, 11 reb, 4 steals
Marvin Williams- 12 pts, 14 reb

- In hindsight many might say it was a game the Hawks shouldn't have won. They were down by double-digits in the fourth quarter and pulled even for the first time in the fourth with just 35 seconds remaining. Add in the fact that Joe Johnson hadn't made a field goal as the fouth quarter began and that formula does not usually produce a victory for Atlanta.

- Trailing by 10 in the fourth quarter with 8:44 remaining in regulation the Hawks used a defensive wrinkle to spark an important run. They used a halfcourt trap to that collapsed into a 3-2 zone to force a turnover and a quick missed 3-pointer.

- Joe showed why he is an All-Star by finishing with 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting in the fourth quarter and overtime.

- The triple-headed rebounding monster of Smith, Williams and Horford was at it again tonight. All three finished with a double-double and had 38 rebounds between them.

- "The Wingmen" outscored the Bobcats bench 28-15. Zaza Pachulia and Jeff Teague combined for just four of those points, but each played exceptionally well in the second period. Zaza had four boards, a steal, a block and an assist in the second.

- On the negative side the Hawks committed 17 turnovers on the night, well above their league-leading average of 11.9. Much of that can be attributed to a sloppy first quarter in which they gave the ball away six times.

- The game featured a lot of physical play that resembled playoff basketball.