ATLANTA (AP) -- Brevin Knight never doubted that Charlotte would
recover after blowing an 11-point lead.
"There was no breakdown," Knight said. "That's the NBA lead.
Teams make runs. We knew that they would make a run. They got their
fans into it, and we weren't making any shots."
The Bobcats improved to 4-11 on the road, but they have won
three consecutive away games and three of four overall.
Gerald Wallace drove the right baseline and passed to Brezec,
who dribbled into the lane for a 5-footer with 14 seconds to go
that gave the Bobcats a 91-90 lead.
Knight, who missed two foul shots 1:10 earlier that would given
the lead back to Charlotte, hit a pair of free throws to end the
scoring with 7 seconds remaining.
"I thought our defense was superb on the last two possessions
that Atlanta had," Bobcats coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "They
couldn't get a shot off. I thought we made them earn every
Al Harrington led the Hawks with 19 points and seven assists. He
was 8-for-12 from the field before missing his last six shots.
"We knew who their two big guys were -- Joe Johnson and
Harrington," Knight said after scoring 20 or more for the third
straight game. "You don't want to let the stars beat you. We did a
good job of stopping Harrington in the second half."
After catching Josh Childress' inbound pass from the left side,
Harrington couldn't get off a 3-point attempt, so he passed quickly
to Childress, who missed a straightaway shot that would have forced
"It wasn't even about the fourth quarter," Harrington said.
"Early in the game, the first two quarters, we didn't play any
defense. In the second half, we tried to turn it up."
Tyronn Lue had 17 points for Atlanta, which had won five of its
last seven. Joe Johnson scored 15 and added seven assists. Zaza
Pachulia pulled down 13 rebounds.
Josh Smith hit the Hawks' last field goal, an 18-foot jumper
from the right baseline, with 3:13 remaining.
"We didn't take them lightly," Smith said. "We knew Charlotte
plays hard, the whole 48 minutes."
Brezec gave the Bobcats their last double-figure lead when his
16-footer made it 59-48 midway through the third quarter.
The Hawks went on a 32-13 run that ended with consecutive layups
by Salim Stoudamire.
"We had a bad fourth quarter," Atlanta coach Mike Woodson
said. "There was a bad defensive play, where Wallace beats a guy
off the dribble and was able to lay it off to the big guy for the
layup. That's when your defense has to get stiffer."
Okafor (ankle) and Rush (finger) have each missed three
straight games for the Bobcats. Sean May (knee) and Jake Voskuhl
(ankle) didn't play, either. ... Charlotte improved to just 2-15
when scoring fewer than 100 points. ... Two games after his
career-high 26 points at Miami, Atlanta rookie Marvin Williams, the
No. 2 overall draft pick, has scored just two points with seven
rebounds and seven fouls in his last 34-plus minutes.