ATLANTA (AP) — Joe Johnson sank a fallaway jumper over three Charlotte defenders just before time expired to lift the Atlanta Hawks past the Bobcats, 93-92 in overtime on Friday night.
Johnson had 18 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter and overtime. He made his winning shot about two steps inside the 3-point line.
With newly approved Charlotte owner Michael Jordan watching from behind the bench, Raymond Felton's basket gave the Bobcats a 92-91 lead with 4 seconds left in overtime.
Josh Smith had 18 points and 11 rebounds for Atlanta.
Felton led Charlotte with 25 points. Gerald Wallace had 20 points and 16 rebounds in his return from an ankle injury. Stephen Jackson added 19 points.
The Hawks rallied after trailing by 10 points in the fourth quarter.
Johnson, returning after missing two games because of Achilles' tendinitis, was 0-for-9 from the field while scoring only two points in the first three quarters. He had nine points in the fourth period, including a short jumper with 35 seconds remaining to force overtime at 84-all.
Johnson then delivered again in overtime.
The officials reviewed Johnson's decisive shot. The replay showed a tenth of a second on the clock when the ball fell through the net.
The Hawks began the night tied with Boston for third place in the Eastern Conference. Charlotte is sixth in the conference.
The Bobcats took a big lead of 10 points at 76-66 on a basket by Boris Diaw with 8:55 remaining.
The Hawks rallied after trailing 76-66 with 8:55 remaining in regulation.
Atlanta answered with an 11-2 run to cut the lead to 78-77. The Hawks were in position to reclaim the lead when Johnson was called for an offensive foul that nullified his baseline drive with 4:40 remaining.
The Bobcats padded the lead with two straight baskets.
Atlanta led 46-44 at halftime before Wallace scored nine straight points for Charlotte as the Bobcats took a 58-52 lead.
The league's Board of Governors on Wednesday unanimously approved Jordan's $275 million purchase from Bob Johnson. The Bobcats beat Oklahoma City on Wednesday night in Jordan's first game as owner.
NOTES: Bobcats coach Larry Brown indicated before the game he'd like to remain in Charlotte with Jordan as the team's owner. "It's a plus for Charlotte because I know how competitive he is," Brown said. "He's been supportive of me and helpful for me. It's great for our league so whatever he wants me to do, I'm going to try to do. He gave me an opportunity when I was out of coaching. I don't take that lightly. " ... Bobcats C Nazr Mohammed (back) missed his 14th straight game.