The Atlanta Hawks fell in their last home game of the season to the Charlotte Bobcats on a last-second floater by Chris Douglas-Roberts.
With the Bobcats fighting to avoid the Miami Heat in the first round of the NBA playoffs, and Atlanta resting three of their starters for the entire game the final score was fairly predictable. Given the closeness of the match-up however, it’s a shame that the Hawks had to lose on a shot like Douglas-Roberts put up with just 2.6 seconds to work with.
On the previous possession, with the Hawks down 93-91, Lou Williams came around a screen from Mike Muscala to hit a mid-range jumper and tie the game up 93-93. For all intents and purposes, the game was headed to overtime. But, the Cats weren’t having any of it. Douglas-Roberts came off of a screen of his own and caught the inbounds pass–getting some good space from Williams in the process–took a few steps forward and threw up a prayer with three Hawks players closing in.
Of course, the shot went in and ended Atlanta’s regular season home schedule on a bit of a low note. But, again, this game didn’t really matter and the #1 goal was to rest the starters. They did that. Paul Millsap, DeMarre Carroll and Kyle Korver all didn’t play, and Jeff Teague and Pero Antic each played 23 and 19 minutes respectively.
Mike Scott led the way amongst the back ups, scoring a team-high 20 points and adding six rebounds.