Johnson leads Hawks over Bobcats
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Joe Johnson scored a season-high 36 points to
lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 99-90 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats.
Tyronn Lue scored 25 points off of the Atlanta bench to help snap a two-game
skid for the Hawks. Zaza Pachulia and Joe Smith both registered double-doubles
on the night, with Pachulia scoring 12 and grabbing 13 rebounds, while Smith
also pulled down 13 boards, scoring 10 points.
Sean May and Raymond Felton scored 21 points apiece in the loss, Charlotte’s
third in four games. May also raked in 17 boards off of the bench. Brevin
Knight scored 17 points for the Bobcats.
“I’m just trying to go out there now and be aggressive, do whatever I can to
help this team,” said May.
Atlanta held a sizeable lead through much of the game, but Charlotte was able
to cut to within three at 91-88 on a jumper by May with 5:12 left in the game.
The Hawks answered, though, and finished on an 8-2 run to ice the game.
The Hawks had opened the third quarter on a 12-5 run that gave them a 24-point
lead, their largest of the game. A Pachulia layup put Atlanta up 70-46 with
7:46 left in the third quarter.
Charlotte rookie Adam Morrison was largely absent on the offensive end,
scoring only six points on a 2-of-10 shooting performance.
Both teams came out ice-cold, as the score with five minutes left in the first
quarter was only 10-2 in advantage of Atlanta, with Charlotte’s only points
coming on two free throws by Primoz Brezec. Two Pachulia free throws gave the
Hawks a 12-2 lead, but the Knight scored six points down the stretch in the
quarter to send the Bobcats into the second quarter only trailing by three, at
The second quarter was all Johnson, as the Hawks guard scored 22 points, six
shy of the Hawks franchise-record of 28 set by Dominique Wilkins. Johnson hit
three consecutive threes at one point, bringing the crowd to its feet as he
led Atlanta to a 37-25 advantage in the quarter that gave the Hawks a 56-41
lead at halftime.
“I was just taking pretty much what the defense gave me,” said Johnson of his
hot streak in the second quarter. “I just got into a little zone.”
The Bobcats missed their first 13 shots from the field, a streak finally
broken by a May turnaround jumper at 4:11 of the first quarter…May’s 21
points marked a career high…Johnson has five 30-point games this
season…Charlotte shot only 36.6 percent from the field, compared to
Atlanta’s 47.4 percent shooting performance.