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Bobcats hold off Nuggets rally

Al Jefferson of the Bobcats takes a jump shot over the outstretched hand of Randy Foye of the Nuggets. Jefferson led all scorers with 26 points along with 12 rebounds. Jefferson’s offensive output included a jump shot with seconds remaining that secured the Bobcats’ victory.

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Al Jefferson of the Bobcats takes a jump shot over the outstretched hand of Randy Foye of the Nuggets. Jefferson led all scorers with 26 points along with 12 rebounds. Jefferson’s offensive output included a jump shot with seconds remaining that secured the Bobcats’ victory.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Al Jefferson scored 26 and Kemba Walker added 24 as the Bobcats won their seventh straight game at home, defeating the Nuggets 105-98 on Monday night.

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Jefferson made 10 of his first 14 field-goal attempts and also had a game-high 12 rebounds. Walker added seven assists for the Bobcats, who also received a big boost from Gary Neal off the bench. Neal made his first six field-goal tries, including three 3-pointers, and ended up with 19 points.

Josh McRoberts added 15 for Charlotte, including a key 3-pointer with 6:15 left at the shot-clock buzzer to extend Charlotte's lead to 90-82 after Denver had cut it to five.

Ty Lawson scored 24 to lead the Nuggets. Denver also got 15 points from Kenneth Faried, 16 from Aaron Brooks, and 11 points and a team-high 10 rebounds from J.J. Hickson.

Jefferson got to work quickly, scoring 11 of Charlotte's first 20 points. He had 12 points and seven rebounds in the first quarter, after which Charlotte led 25-22. But the Bobcats pushed the lead to as many as 12 in the second quarter with Jefferson resting on the bench, as Neal scored nine points.

Faried led a brief comeback by Denver as his inside basket off an inbounds play with 2.5 seconds left in the half cut Charlotte's lead to 51-45. But Walker and Jefferson hit the first two baskets of the third quarter, however, to push Charlotte's advantage back to 10 and the home team never trailed.

Denver did pull to within 101-96 in the final minute, but Walker hit a pair of free throws with 55.6 seconds left and then Jefferson hit a jumper after a defensive stop to seal the Bobcats' victory.

Heat clinches playoffs

Dwyane Wade scored 13 of his 22 in the fourth quarter, LeBron James led all scorers with 23 and the host Heat clinched a playoff spot by beating the Wizards 99-90. Chris Bosh scored 22 for the Heat, which snapped a three-game slide and moved within one game of Indiana in the race for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Brandon Knight scored 24 and sparked Milwaukee's rousing rally from an 18-point deficit with a dunk to lead the Bucks to a 105-98 win over the Magic. The Magic fell to a league-worst 4-30 on the road. … Deron Williams and Shaun Livingston each scored 18 and an ailing Paul Pierce hit a 3-pointer with 1:14 remaining to lead the host Nets to a 101-97 victory over the Raptors. Pierce finished with 15 and Joe Johnson added 14 for the Nets, who won their season-high eighth straight at home. … Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 28 as the host Knicks defeated Philadelphia 123-110, sending the 76ers to their 17th straight loss. Amar'e Stoudemire added 23 points, J.R. Smith 22 and Carmelo Anthony 20 as the Knicks won their fourth game in a row.

NO. 1 PICK OUT: Cavaliers forward Anthony Bennett will miss at least three weeks with a strained left knee, the latest setback for the No. 1 overall pick who has been a major disappointment. Bennett underwent an MRI on Sunday that showed a strain to his left patellar tendon. Bennett is averaging 4.1 points and 2.9 rebounds in 13 minutes per game.

REPORT: D'ANTONI SAFE: After a series of discussions following a stretch of historically bad losses, the Lakers remain inclined to support coach Mike D'Antoni for the remainder of this season, espn.com reported. After Thursday's 48-point loss to the Clippers, which set a team record, Kupchak met separately with D'Antoni and vice president of player personnel Jim Buss.

Bobcats 105, Nuggets 98

DENVER (98): Chandler 3-13 1-1 9, Faried 7-10 1-2 15, Mozgov 4-8 1-2 9, Lawson 9-19 4-6 24, Foye 4-8 1-2 9, Fournier 0-1 0-0 0, Vesely 2-4 1-3 5, Hickson 2-7 7-10 11, Arthur 0-0 0-0 0, Brooks 5-11 5-5 16, Randolph 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 36-83 21-31 98.

CHARLOTTE (105): Kidd-Gilchrist 2-5 2-2 6, McRoberts 5-7 2-2 15, Jefferson 12-23 2-6 26, Walker 6-15 12-12 24, Douglas-Roberts 2-8 3-4 9, Zeller 2-2 0-0 4, Neal 7-9 2-2 19, Ridnour 1-4 0-0 2, Tolliver 0-6 0-0 0, Biyombo 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 37-81 23-28 105.

Denver 22 23 23 30— 98

Charlotte 25 26 28 26— 105

3-Point GoalsDenver 5-24 (Lawson 2-6, Chandler 2-10, Brooks 1-4, Randolph 0-1, Foye 0-3), Charlotte 8-20 (Neal 3-3, McRoberts 3-4, Douglas-Roberts 2-6, Ridnour 0-1, Tolliver 0-6). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDenver 56 (Faried 9), Charlotte 50 (Jefferson 13). AssistsDenver 16 (Lawson 6), Charlotte 21 (Walker 7). Total FoulsDenver 23, Charlotte 21. A14,312 (19,077).

Nets 101, Raptors 97

TORONTO (97): Ross 5-12 0-0 12, A.Johnson 8-14 0-0 16, Valanciunas 2-3 2-3 6, Lowry 8-16 1-1 21, DeRozan 3-9 8-8 14, Hansbrough 4-6 8-10 16, Vasquez 2-6 0-0 4, Salmons 1-3 2-2 4, Novak 1-1 0-0 2, Hayes 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 35-71 21-24 97.

BROOKLYN (101): J.Johnson 6-13 0-0 14, Pierce 3-8 6-8 15, Plumlee 3-7 0-0 6, Williams 6-13 2-4 18, Livingston 7-10 4-4 18, Blatche 4-7 1-2 9, Thornton 2-6 0-1 5, Teletovic 1-3 3-4 5, Anderson 2-3 6-8 11, Collins 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-70 22-31 101.

Toronto 30 21 22 24— 97

Brooklyn 19 31 28 23— 101

3-Point GoalsToronto 6-23 (Lowry 4-8, Ross 2-8, Salmons 0-1, A.Johnson 0-1, DeRozan 0-2, Vasquez 0-3), Brooklyn 11-20 (Williams 4-7, Pierce 3-4, J.Johnson 2-4, Anderson 1-1, Thornton 1-3, Teletovic 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsToronto 42 (Lowry 8), Brooklyn 42 (Plumlee 8). AssistsToronto 19 (Lowry 7), Brooklyn 15 (Williams 5). Total FoulsToronto 22, Brooklyn 27. TechnicalsHansbrough, Blatche. A17,351 (17,732).

Heat 99, Wizards 90

WASHINGTON (90): Ariza 2-11 1-1 6, Booker 3-8 0-0 6, Gortat 7-15 0-1 14, Wall 2-8 1-2 7, Beal 7-18 1-1 18, Webster 5-9 3-4 17, Harrington 1-5 0-0 3, Gooden 7-12 0-0 15, Porter Jr. 1-1 0-0 2, Miller 1-2 0-0 2, Temple 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 36-89 6-9 90.

MIAMI (99): James 10-15 0-0 23, Battier 2-3 0-0 6, Bosh 10-14 0-0 22, Chalmers 0-7 0-0 0, Wade 8-17 6-6 22, Allen 5-9 0-0 13, Andersen 3-5 3-3 9, Cole 0-4 0-0 0, Beasley 2-6 0-0 4, Haslem 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 40-80 9-9 99.

Washington 23 22 28 17— 90

Miami 31 22 20 26— 99

3-Point GoalsWashington 12-31 (Webster 4-8, Beal 3-7, Wall 2-4, Gooden 1-2, Harrington 1-3, Ariza 1-7), Miami 10-21 (James 3-4, Allen 3-6, Battier 2-3, Bosh 2-3, Cole 0-2, Chalmers 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsWashington 59 (Gortat 18), Miami 37 (Bosh, James 7). AssistsWashington 24 (Wall 8), Miami 26 (James 8). Total FoulsWashington 14, Miami 11. TechnicalsMiami defensive three second. A19,657 (19,600).

Knicks 123, 76ers 110

PHILADELPHIA (110): Thompson 2-6 0-0 5, Young 8-22 1-2 18, Sims 4-4 2-2 10, Carter-Williams 8-12 6-9 23, Anderson 7-12 0-0 17, Wroten 8-18 7-8 23, Varnado 1-2 2-4 4, Williams 1-3 0-0 2, Maynor 0-0 0-0 0, Mullens 0-0 0-0 0, Moultrie 4-5 0-0 8. Totals 43-84 18-25 110.

NEW YORK (123): Anthony 9-24 4-4 22, Smith 8-18 2-4 22, Stoudemire 9-10 5-8 23, Felton 4-5 2-2 13, Shumpert 1-3 0-0 2, Hardaway Jr. 9-13 5-6 28, Prigioni 1-2 0-0 3, Tyler 2-4 2-4 6, Clark 0-1 2-2 2, S.Brown 0-0 0-4 0, Murry 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 44-81 22-34 123.

Philadelphia 31 30 24 25— 110

New York 26 35 30 32— 123

3-Point GoalsPhiladelphia 6-20 (Anderson 3-8, Carter-Williams 1-2, Young 1-3, Thompson 1-4, Wroten 0-1, Williams 0-2), New York 13-32 (Hardaway Jr. 5-7, Smith 4-11, Felton 3-4, Prigioni 1-2, Shumpert 0-1, Anthony 0-7). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsPhiladelphia 53 (Carter-Williams 13), New York 44 (Anthony 9). AssistsPhiladelphia 26 (Carter-Williams 10), New York 20 (Anthony, Smith 5). Total FoulsPhiladelphia 25, New York 24. A19,812 (19,763).

Bucks 105, Magic 98

ORLANDO (98): Harkless 5-10 1-1 14, O'Quinn 5-8 0-0 10, Vucevic 6-13 0-0 12, Nelson 5-9 0-0 13, Afflalo 4-14 3-6 12, Harris 5-10 1-1 11, Oladipo 5-6 0-0 12, Moore 4-7 0-0 8, Nicholson 3-9 0-0 6, Lamb 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 42-88 5-8 98.

MILWAUKEE (105): Middleton 5-13 6-6 21, Ilyasova 6-13 3-6 16, Pachulia 2-5 0-0 4, Knight 9-23 5-5 24, Wolters 4-8 0-0 8, Antetokounmpo 2-4 1-2 6, Henson 5-9 0-0 10, Adrien 0-0 0-0 0, Sessions 5-8 6-6 16, Mayo 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 38-84 21-25 105.

Orlando 24 27 20 27— 98

Milwaukee 13 32 23 37— 105

3-Point GoalsOrlando 9-23 (Nelson 3-5, Harkless 3-7, Oladipo 2-2, Afflalo 1-5, Harris 0-1, Nicholson 0-1, Moore 0-2), Milwaukee 8-27 (Middleton 5-8, Antetokounmpo 1-2, Ilyasova 1-6, Knight 1-9, Mayo 0-1, Wolters 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOrlando 49 (Vucevic 12), Milwaukee 50 (Ilyasova 11). AssistsOrlando 23 (Nelson 7), Milwaukee 25 (Sessions 8). Total FoulsOrlando 22, Milwaukee 9. TechnicalsOrlando defensive three second. A10,114 (18,717).

Bobcats hold off Nuggets rally 03/10/14 [Last modified: Monday, March 10, 2014 11:40pm]
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