When it was over - after Stephen Jackson fit a ball through the narrowest of openings to complete the greatest comeback in Charlotte Bobcats history - the alpha male looked up into the crowd at Philips Arena for a defining statement. "That's…what…I…do!'' Jackson shouted, as if they didn't already know that when his 19-foot jump shot slipped through the net for an 88-86 victory, the Bobcats' first in eight tries in Atlanta. This win was remarkable in many ways: Recovering from a 51-29 deficit. Holding the Hawks to 29 percent shooting in the second half. Great play off the bench by point guard Shaun Livingston (22 points, six rebounds and five assists). A near triple-double by Gerald Wallace (16 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists). But none of that good work gets rewarded if Jackson (32 points) doesn't loft that shot so perfectly over Maurice Evans' outstretched arms just before the final buzzer. "You know me, I don't mind taking that shot,'' said Jackson, famous for saying he makes love to pressure. "Even before the timeout (to set up the last play) everyone was telling me, 'Take us home, take us home.' "I love taking that shot. I know I'll make some and miss some…My heart pumps no Kool-Aid.'' The 22-point comeback set a team record, topping a 19-point comeback done three times in the past. It was hard to picture the Bobcats even keeping this respectable after the first 9 ½ minutes of the second quarter. That's when they missed 14 straight shots to set up the Hawks on an 18-2 run.
Jackson's buzzer-beater caps Bobcats' biggest comeback ever
Charlotte Observer | Feb 13