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Bobcats end 18-game skid

The Bobcats’ Kemba Walker works his way around the Bulls’ Taj Gibson as Charlotte wins for the first time since Nov. 24.

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The Bobcats’ Kemba Walker works his way around the Bulls’ Taj Gibson as Charlotte wins for the first time since Nov. 24.

CHICAGO — Squandering a lead is nothing new to the Bobcats, but hanging onto one is.

Kemba Walker had 18 points and eight rebounds, and the Bobcats ended an 18-game losing streak with a 91-81 win over the Bulls on Monday.

Gerald Henderson added 16 points and reserve Ben Gordon had 15 to help Charlotte end the second-longest skid in team history. It was the Bobcats' first win in their last 10 road games.

"We're a desperate team right now," Henderson said. "This losing streak has been very tough on us."

Charlotte fended off several rallies by the Bulls to win for the first time since Nov. 24.

Tied at 65 heading into the fourth quarter, Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap decided to try something different. "I put the playbook in the freezer and just let our guys go at them," he said.

Charlotte went on a 10-0 run to pad its lead as Bulls fans booed their inconsistent team and await the return of former MVP Derrick Rose.

Heat turns back Magic

ORLANDO — LeBron James had 36 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds, and the Heat slipped by the Magic 112-110 in overtime.

James scored eight in overtime, including two free throws that clinched it with 1.5 seconds left. Dwyane Wade had a dunk with 6.2 seconds to go to help Miami avoid what could have been its first three-game losing streak this season.

"They had some guys on the court that half the NBA never heard of, but those guys did an unbelievable job," Wade said.

Arron Afflalo scored 28 for the Magic and Nikola Vucevic set a team record with 29 rebounds as Orlando lost its sixth straight. The previous record was 28 rebounds by Shaquille O'Neal in 1993.

Game highlights: The host Spurs held the Nets to five points in the third quarter en route to a 104-73 win.

Bobcats 91, Bulls 81

CHARLOTTE (91): Taylor 2-3 0-0 5, Warrick 3-10 2-5 8, Biyombo 1-4 3-8 5, Walker 6-13 5-6 18, Henderson 6-11 3-5 16, Sessions 5-9 4-4 15, Gordon 7-12 1-2 15, Haywood 0-3 0-2 0, Adrien 3-5 3-6 9. Totals 33-70 21-38 91.

CHICAGO (81): Deng 9-19 2-4 20, Boozer 7-18 5-8 19, Noah 1-2 0-0 2, Robinson 2-11 0-0 5, Hamilton 5-11 0-0 11, Belinelli 3-12 0-0 8, Gibson 3-9 2-4 8, Mohammed 1-3 0-0 2, Teague 2-7 0-0 4, Butler 0-2 2-2 2. Totals 33-94 11-18 81.

Charlotte 28 19 18 26— 91

Chicago 18 24 23 16— 81

3-Point GoalsCharlotte 4-10 (Sessions 1-2, Taylor 1-2, Walker 1-3, Henderson 1-3), Chicago 4-16 (Belinelli 2-7, Hamilton 1-3, Robinson 1-4, Butler 0-1, Deng 0-1). Fouled OutBelinelli. ReboundsCharlotte 63 (Biyombo 11), Chicago 59 (Boozer 14). AssistsCharlotte 14 (Walker 6), Chicago 24 (Robinson 7). Total FoulsCharlotte 19, Chicago 31. A21,986.

Heat 112, Magic 110, OT

MIAMI (112): James 10-22 15-16 36, Haslem 1-3 0-0 2, Bosh 10-15 2-2 22, Chalmers 1-3 0-0 3, Wade 9-20 3-10 21, Allen 6-9 2-2 17, Anthony 2-3 4-5 8, Battier 0-3 0-0 0, Cole 0-3 0-0 0, Miller 1-4 0-0 3. Totals 40-85 26-35 112.

ORLANDO (110): D.Jones 2-6 2-2 6, Nicholson 5-10 0-1 10, Vucevic 9-17 2-4 20, Smith 1-4 0-0 2, Afflalo 9-19 8-9 28, Redick 9-13 0-0 23, Turkoglu 4-11 0-0 9, O'Quinn 0-0 0-0 0, McRoberts 3-8 6-6 12. Totals 42-88 18-22 110.

Miami 31 17 22 29 13— 112

Orlando 22 32 23 22 11— 110

3-Point GoalsMiami 6-21 (Allen 3-4, Chalmers 1-3, Miller 1-3, James 1-6, Cole 0-1, Battier 0-2, Wade 0-2), Orlando 8-23 (Redick 5-9, Afflalo 2-6, Turkoglu 1-5, D.Jones 0-1, McRoberts 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMiami 47 (James 8), Orlando 57 (Vucevic 29). AssistsMiami 24 (James 11), Orlando 24 (Turkoglu 8). Total FoulsMiami 17, Orlando 24. TechnicalsOrlando defensive three second. Flagrant Fouls—Turkoglu. A19,311.

Pacers 88, Grizzlies 83

MEMPHIS (83): Gay 3-17 5-8 11, Randolph 7-18 7-8 21, Gasol 6-10 1-1 13, Conley 3-9 2-2 9, Allen 5-8 1-2 11, Bayless 0-4 1-1 1, Speights 2-6 1-2 5, Ellington 2-4 0-0 6, Arthur 3-6 0-0 6. Totals 31-82 18-24 83.

INDIANA (88): George 7-16 3-4 21, West 3-6 7-8 13, Hibbert 3-11 3-4 9, Augustin 4-9 5-6 17, Stephenson 3-7 2-2 10, Green 2-5 0-0 4, T.Hansbrough 3-6 0-0 6, Young 0-0 0-0 0, Mahinmi 1-5 0-0 2, B.Hansbrough 2-5 0-0 6. Totals 28-70 20-24 88.

Memphis 19 22 26 16— 83

Indiana 19 19 22 28— 88

3-Point GoalsMemphis 3-11 (Ellington 2-4, Conley 1-4, Bayless 0-1, Randolph 0-1, Gay 0-1), Indiana 12-25 (Augustin 4-7, George 4-10, Stephenson 2-3, B.Hansbrough 2-3, Green 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMemphis 56 (Randolph 15), Indiana 47 (West 9). AssistsMemphis 17 (Conley 7), Indiana 21 (Augustin 6). Total FoulsMemphis 22, Indiana 19. TechnicalsIndiana Coach Vogel. A14,979.

Rockets 123, Hawks 104

ATLANTA (104): Korver 1-3 0-0 3, J.Smith 5-12 5-6 17, Horford 9-16 0-0 18, Teague 4-17 0-0 10, Williams 9-16 0-0 21, Pachulia 1-3 0-0 2, Stevenson 3-6 0-0 8, Jenkins 6-9 1-1 15, Johnson 2-4 0-0 4, Scott 3-4 0-0 6, Tolliver 0-0 0-0 0, Petro 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 43-90 6-7 104.

HOUSTON (123): Parsons 2-9 0-0 4, Morris 6-9 0-0 15, Asik 5-7 1-4 11, Lin 6-11 3-3 16, Harden 7-17 12-13 28, G.Smith 3-6 0-0 6, Douglas 4-8 1-2 10, Delfino 8-10 0-0 22, Patterson 3-5 0-0 8, Machado 0-0 0-0 0, Motiejunas 1-2 0-0 3, Aldrich 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 45-84 17-22 123.

Atlanta 27 19 29 29— 104

Houston 26 38 26 33— 123

3-Point GoalsAtlanta 12-23 (Williams 3-6, J.Smith 2-2, Jenkins 2-3, Stevenson 2-3, Teague 2-5, Korver 1-3, Johnson 0-1), Houston 16-29 (Delfino 6-8, Morris 3-4, Patterson 2-3, Harden 2-6, Motiejunas 1-1, Lin 1-3, Douglas 1-3, Parsons 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsAtlanta 43 (Horford 13), Houston 49 (Asik 17). AssistsAtlanta 24 (Teague 9), Houston 30 (Delfino, Lin 8). Total FoulsAtlanta 16, Houston 11. A18,160.

Spurs 104, Nets 73

BROOKLYN (73): Bogans 0-2 0-0 0, Evans 2-4 0-0 4, Lopez 4-11 3-4 11, Williams 3-11 1-1 8, Johnson 5-12 1-1 12, Humphries 2-2 3-4 7, Brooks 7-12 1-1 16, Stackhouse 1-5 0-0 3, Watson 1-2 1-2 3, Blatche 1-6 3-4 5, Teletovic 0-1 0-0 0, Shengelia 0-1 0-0 0, Taylor 2-5 0-0 4. Totals 28-74 13-17 73.

SAN ANTONIO (104): Leonard 4-5 0-0 10, Duncan 7-12 1-1 15, Splitter 5-7 0-0 10, Parker 9-13 1-2 20, Green 1-1 1-2 3, Diaw 3-5 0-0 6, Ginobili 3-4 2-3 8, Jackson 1-6 4-4 6, De Colo 4-7 2-2 11, Bonner 4-6 0-0 10, Blair 0-2 1-2 1, Mills 2-5 0-0 4. Totals 43-73 12-16 104.

Brooklyn 22 25 5 21— 73

San Antonio 31 24 30 19— 104

3-Point GoalsBrooklyn 4-17 (Brooks 1-2, Stackhouse 1-3, Williams 1-3, Johnson 1-4, Teletovic 0-1, Watson 0-1, Blatche 0-1, Bogans 0-2), San Antonio 6-14 (Bonner 2-3, Leonard 2-3, Parker 1-1, De Colo 1-1, Ginobili 0-1, Mills 0-2, Jackson 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBrooklyn 40 (Evans 9), San Antonio 44 (Diaw 6). AssistsBrooklyn 14 (Johnson, Bogans, Blatche, Lopez, Watson 2), San Antonio 25 (Parker 6). Total FoulsBrooklyn 18, San Antonio 16. A18,581.

Bobcats end 18-game skid 12/31/12 [Last modified: Monday, December 31, 2012 10:31pm]
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