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NBA roundup: Bobcats tie longest win streak in 3 years

Walker keeps Bobcats hot

The Grizzlies kept streaking Al Jefferson (left) in check, but they had no answer for Kemba Walker, who scored 31 points in Charlotte’s victory.

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The Grizzlies kept streaking Al Jefferson (left) in check, but they had no answer for Kemba Walker, who scored 31 points in Charlotte’s victory.

Kemba Walker scored 31 points and the Bobcats beat the Memphis Grizzlies, 92-89, Saturday in Charlotte, N.C., for their fourth win in five nights.

Charlotte is 4-0 since the All-Star break, marking its longest winning streak since March 2011.

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The Bobcats used an 18-3 run in the fourth quarter to break open a tight game and then held on down the stretch with Walker making four free throws in final 25 seconds to snap Memphis’s four-game win streak.

The Bobcats won even though the Grizzlies held Al Jefferson to just 6 points on 2-of-13 shooting. Jefferson came in having scored 29 points or more in eight of his last 11 games and at least 20 points in 17 of the last 19.

The Grizzlies were led by Mike Conley, who had 16 points, but twice missed 3-point attempts when he had a chance to tie the game on Memphis’s final possession.

The Bobcats trailed, 66-64, early in the fourth quarter when Anthony Tolliver got hot from the outside, igniting an 18-3 run with three 3-pointers to give Charlotte a 13-point lead. Tolliver finished with 9 points.

The Grizzlies made sure Jefferson didn’t beat them, aggressively double-teaming the 6-foot-10-inch, 289-pound center every time he touched the ball. They limited Jefferson to 4 points on 1-of-6 shooting in the first half and held Charlotte to 39 percent shooting to build a 48-42 halftime lead.

Hawks 107, Knicks 98 — Mike Scott scored a career-high 30 points, Jeff Teague added 28, and host Atlanta snapped an eight-game losing streak with a victory over New York.

Carmelo Anthony finished with 35 points for the Knicks, who blew a double-digit, third-quarter lead for the second straight night.

New York has lost two straight and seven of nine to fall 5½ games behind Atlanta for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

Atlanta began the game without All-Star forward Paul Millsap, who sustained a right knee contusion late in the fourth quarter of Friday’s loss at Detroit, but the Hawks rallied from a 17-point deficit in the third quarter to take a 74-73 lead on Lou Williams’s 3 early in the fourth. They never trailed again.

Wizards 94, Pelicans 93 — Nene made the go-ahead dunk with 0.9 seconds left and matched a season high with 30 points to propel host Washington past New Orleans.

Washington trailed, 93-92, when Anthony Davis hit two free throws with seven seconds left. After a timeout, the Wizards inbounded to John Wall, who dribbled to the lane, drew the defense, and dished to a cutting Nene, who slammed the ball with his right hand. It was the 12th assist of the night for Wall.

The play spoiled a big performance by Davis, who had 26 points and 11 rebounds. Anthony Morrow added 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting.

But their efforts were trumped by Nene, who made 13 of 19 shots. With Wall and Beal, the Wizards’ top two threats, combining for just 21 points, Washington turned to its frontcourt. Center Marcin Gortat contributed 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Pacers 110, Bucks 100 — Paul George scored 32 points and David West tied a season high with 30, helping Indiana hang on in Milwaukee.

Lance Stephenson added 24 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 assists for the Pacers, who had lost three of their previous five games. Stephenson scored 7 straight points to open the fourth quarter.

Brandon Knight scored 30 points for Milwaukee, including 20 in the first half. Khris Middleton added 13.

Timberwolves 121, Jazz 104 — Kevin Love had 37 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists for his first career triple-double to help Minnesota cruise past host Utah.

Minnesota was again playing without starters Nikola Pekovic (ankle) and Kevin Martin (finger), but Love filled the void, keeping one step ahead of the Jazz through the game. He compiled all his statistics in 32 minutes to earn a spot on the bench for the final nine minutes of the Wolves’ third runaway win against the Jazz this season.

Ricky Rubio had 15 points, and Corey Brewer and Chase Budinger scored 13 apiece as the Wolves won their third straight for just their third streak of three-plus victories.

Enes Kanter couldn’t stop Love, but had success against him on the offensive end, scoring 25 points for the Jazz, who dropped their third in a row after a season-best three-game win streak.

Mavericks 113, Pistons 102 — Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points, Vince Carter added 18, and Dallas held off Detroit in Auburn Hills, Mich.

Dallas had surprising success on the boards against Detroit’s imposing front line. The Mavericks finished with 16 offensive rebounds. The Pistons, who came in as the NBA’s top team in that department, had only nine.

Detroit star Andre Drummond was in foul trouble all night and finished with only 8 points and three rebounds in just under 20 minutes of action.

Josh Smith kept the Pistons in the game for a while and finished with 32 points, his most since signing with Detroit last offseason.

Greg Monroe had 17 points and 17 rebounds for the Pistons, but he had little help on the boards.

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