Joe Johnson and Zaza Pachulia each scored 14 points for the Hawks.
Gerald Wallace led the Bobcats with 20 points and six rebounds, and was a 12 for 12 from the free throw line. Raymond Felton added 11 points and 4 assists, and Nazr Mohammed had eight points and nine rebounds.
There were 61 fouls called by the replacement officiating crew, and Bobcats coach Larry Brown was ejected. Official Kevin Scott asked for security to escort Brown from the court at 3:23 in the third quarter but he left on his own accord.
The Hawks trailed only once - 7-5 at 10:03 in the first quarter - and led by as many as 20 points. The Bobcats gave up 30 points on turnovers.