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Hawks denied season's first two-game winning streak

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Charlotte Bobcats' expansion season has progressed about as expected, with one notable exception -- they aren't the worst team in the NBA.

The Bobcats proved again Monday night they aren't even the worst team in their division.

Keith Bogans scored 21 points to lead seven Charlotte players in double figures as the Bobcats beat the Atlanta Hawks 110-105 in overtime in a matchup of Southeast Division rivals with the worst records in the league.

The Bobcats snapped an eight-game losing streak and kept the Hawks from their first two-game winning streak of the season.

"Our goal was to get as many wins as possible and not be the worst team in the NBA," said Brevin Knight, who had 17 points and 10 assists for Charlotte.

Emeka Okafor added 16 points and 12 rebounds as the Bobcats salvaged one win in a four-game road trip.

The Hawks used an 11-0 run to lead 74-65 with less than five minutes left in the third period, but the Bobcats closed the period with a 10-1 surge to lead 80-79.

Hawks coach Mike Woodson said the third-quarter run by the Bobcats "was huge."

"We'll have to look at the films and see how we gave up the lead so quickly," Woodson said.

Added Josh Childress, who led the Hawks with 20 points and 14 rebounds: "That's something we need to learn to do, close out quarters."

Tyronn Lue had 18 points and 14 assists for the Hawks, while
Josh Smith added 17 points and nine rebounds.

Charlotte coach Bernie Bickerstaff said the Bobcats and Hawks are "kindred spirits."

"When you talk about the Hawks and when you talk about us you're talking about effort," Bickerstaff said. "The worst thing we could do was not respect them."

Each of the Hawks' five starters scored in double figures for the first time since a loss Feb. 16 in Cleveland -- a streak of 27 games.

"When our starters came out, the momentum swung to their side," Smith said.

With 12 points, Jason Hart led three Charlotte backups in double figures.

The Hawks, who snapped a 14-game losing streak with a home win over Minnesota on Saturday, could not have asked for a better opportunity for their first winning streak. The Bobcats brought an eight-game losing streak to Atlanta and had lost 15 of their last 16 road games.

After Atlanta's Peja Drobnjak launched an airball that landed out of bounds early in overtime, the Bobcats took a 105-103 lead on a drive by Knight. A jumper by Gerald Wallace pushed the lead to four points with 47 seconds left in overtime.

Following a missed 3-point attempt by Atlanta's Lue, Bogans scored an easy layup for a 109-103 lead and Wallace stole the in-bounds pass to seal it.

With the Bobcats leading 101-99 in the fourth quarter, Lue missed a jumper for Atlanta, but Knight followed with a pass out of bounds with 30 seconds left.

Given another chance, Lue drove past Matt Carroll for a layup to tie the game at 101 with 17 seconds left in regulation.

Following a timeout, Knight set up a play for Okafor, but the rookie's jumper from the baseline bounced off the rim.

Uncontested jump shots and breakaway dunks were common as the two teams -- each allowing more than 100 points per game -- displayed a similar disinterest in defense.

The Hawks started strong, leading 38-25 after one period to set a season high for points in a quarter. The Bobcats shot 70 percent from the field in the second period to pull even at 57 at halftime.

Okafor had only one point and three rebounds in the first half before finishing with his 45th double-double.

Game notes
The Hawks visit Charlotte on Wednesday. ... Woodson was
called for a technical foul with 6:48 left. He argued that a foul should have been called when Tom Gugliotta was knocked to the floor when his shot was rejected. ... Bobcats center Primoz Brezec left the game with a right ankle sprain with 5:16 left in the fourth period. Bickerstaff said he does not expect Brezec to return this season. ... Charlotte forward Bernard Robinson (foot injury) and forward Malik Allen (illness) did not play.