Rookie point guard Dennis Schroder hit the game-winning basket to beat the Charlotte Bobcats and lift the Atlanta Hawks to a thrilling 87-85 road victory Tuesday night in Asheville, North Carolina.
Schroder blew by his defender with a nice crossover dribble and put up a one-handed floater in the lane that bounced off the back rim, kissed the glass, and went through the net to give his Hawks a 2-point lead with just 2.1 seconds left. The Bobcats had one last chance, but Jannero Pargo missed a 3-pointer off the back of the rim as time expired.
Atlanta’s second-year forward Mike Scott led all scorers in the game with 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting, while grabbing six rebounds in 28 minutes of play. Teammates Kyle Korver (14) and DeMarre Carroll (12) were also in double-figures.
Veteran point guard Ramon Sessions led Charlotte with a team-high 17 points, but had a struggling shooting performance going 4-of-11 from the field. However, he made up for it at the free-throw line sinking 9-of-12 foul shots.Third-year point guard Kemba Walker was the only other Bobcat to reach double-digits with 12 points. He had a similar shooting performance to Sessions, going 2-of-9 from the field but 8-of-9 from the foul-line.
The Hawks controlled the game throughout the first half and into the third quarter, leading by as many as 13 points, but the Bobcats clawed away and managed to tie the game early in the fourth quarter when Josh McRobert’s 3-pointer leveled the score 72-72 with 10 minutes remaining. Pargo then put Charlotte up 79-77 with 4:07 left after draining a 3-pointer of his own. Atlanta was able to reclaim the lead twice in the next few possessions, but the Bobcats tied the score once again in the final minutes. Sessions sank a pair of foul shots and had the chance to give Charlotte the lead with another opportunity to sink a pair of foul shots on the following possession, but he wasn’t able to convert the second shot after making the first. His three-out-of-four shooting from the line tied the game 85-85 with 43 seconds left.
Cue the rookie.
With the clock winding down Schroder went to work on Pargo, crossed him over, then finished the business by knocking down the game-winner.
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This is the Hawks’ first win of the preseason and Mike Budenholzer’s first ever win as a head coach. Congrats, guys! Go Hawks!