Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 12/27

Game 1: Tuesday, December 27th
Game 2: Wednesday, February 1st
Game 3: Tuesday, March 28th
Game 4: Friday, April 14th

Bobcats 93

(9-19, 4-11 away)

Hawks 90

(7-19, 5-7 home)

    Coverage: NE14

    7:00 PM ET, December 27, 2005

    Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

    1 2 3 4 T
    CHA 26 25 16 2693
    ATL 23 21 28 1890

    Top Performers

    Cha: B. Knight 22 Pts, 7 Reb, 5 Ast, 3 Stl

    Atl: A. Harrington 19 Pts, 8 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl

    Knight, Bobcats nip Hawks in final minute

    ATLANTA (AP) -- Brevin Knight never doubted that Charlotte would recover after blowing an 11-point lead.

    Primoz Brezec made the go-ahead basket in the final seconds and Knight scored 22 points as the Bobcats beat the Atlanta Hawks 93-90 on Tuesday night.

    Knight liked how his team held together without Kareem Rush and Emeka Okafor, two of the Bobcats' top three scorers.

    "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.

    Reserves Bernard Robinson and Keith Bogans each scored 13 points for Charlotte, which snapped Atlanta's four-game winning streak at home.

    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 possession."

    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 overtime.

    "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."

    Game notes

    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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 93 90
    FGM-FGA 36-73 (.493) 40-85 (.471)
    3PM-3PA 1-3 (.333) 2-11 (.182)
    FTM-FTA 20-30 (.667) 8-13 (.615)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 5-38 11-45
    Assists 15 22
    Turnovers 14 14
    Steals 7 6
    Blocks 8 5
    Fast Break Points 16 12
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (1/0) 24 (1/1)
    Largest Lead 11 9

    Top Performers

    Brevin Knight Knight
    Points: 22
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0
    Al Harrington Harrington
    Points: 19
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0