Like two toddlers flogging each other with plastic light sabers, the Bobcats and Hawks clashed Tuesday night in Charlotte, and while a loss is near-automatic for these NBA pretenders, only one team could come out still on it's knees here, and on this night, that was Atlanta.
"Credit the Hawks ... their entire team and coaching staff," said Bobcats coach Bernie Bickerstaff. "They got into a hole we couldn't dig them out of."
The Bobcats came in to the game as the league's Master Disaster, but the win pushes the Knicks in to the top prize slot, which is good news for Houston.
That wasn't all the news that left the Rockets celebrating. Both the Orlando Magic and Seattle Sonics were left with more points on the board than their opponents Tuesday night. Adding salt to the wound for Seattle was that their win came against a playoff team on the road and Ray Allen couldn't shank a buzzer-beater to avoid the victory.
"They say you miss 100% of the shots that you don't take," said a disappointed Allen. "I really wish I hadn't taken that one."
Houston, still at #10, is now 2 games away from the 6th seed.