With the game tied at 93 all with two ticks on the clock, Charlotte had options.
There was Al Jefferson (27 points, 15 rebounds) plus Luke Ridnour (10 points, all in the fourth) and Gary Neal (17 points). But in the end, the ball went to Chris Douglas-Roberts, who took the inbound pass, dribbled once then hoisted the buzzer-beating shot, capping off a run that saw the Bobcats erase a 15-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Atlanta 95-93. CDR finished the game 2-3 with 5 points in 23 minutes played.
The potential grand prize for the Charlotte franchise, headed to the first playoffs since who knows when? A first round matchup with the Miami Heat, who lost to the Wizards Monday night and will now be the number two seed in the East. So while the Bobcats seventh seed is good, there’s a world of bad waiting around that corner. With the Wizards sitting in sixth, it will all come down to Wednesday night for the Bobcats as they host the Bulls who find themselves in a playoff positioning battle as well with Toronto for the third seed.