Bobcats Get Past Mavericks
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had a career-high 25 points and 12 rebounds to help the Charlotte Bobcats snap a 16-game losing streak against the Dallas Mavericks with a 101-97 overtime win on Saturday night.
Kidd-Gilchrist was 8 of 12 from the field and had a pair of key offensive rebounds off missed foul shots late in the game.
Kemba Walker added 26 points and seven assists for Charlotte and Ramon Sessions made some big shots down the stretch and in overtime, finishing with 12 points. Sessions hit two free throws with 6.3 seconds left in the extra session to help seal the win.
Dallas lost for the second straight night on the road after a 3-0 start.
O.J. Mayo scored 22 points and Vince Carter had 19 points for the Mavericks. Carter, who was 5 for 8 from 3-point range, missed an opportunity to win the game at the end of regulation when his fallaway jumper was short.
It was a breakout game for Kidd-Gilchrist, who attacked the basket with vigor.
The former Kentucky star ignited the crowd on one second-half fast break when he lost his shoe at half court, dribbled through two defenders for a layup and drew a foul to complete a three-point play.
But it was his two huge rebounds after missed foul shots that really helped lift the surprising Bobcats to the victory.
Dallas led by seven in the fourth quarter, but Sessions converted two drives to the basket to give the Bobcats an 85-84 lead with 2:30 left. Carter followed with a 3-pointer and Mayo hit a pair of foul shots to put the Mavs up by four with 26.6 seconds remaining.
Brendan Haywood came back with a slam dunk off a set play and was fouled. He missed the foul shot, but Kidd-Gilchrist grabbed the rebound and Sessions drove to the basket to tie it at 91 with 2.8 seconds left.
Carter’s fallaway jumper was contested by Sessions and fell short, forcing overtime.
Haywood tied it at 93 in the extra session and drew another foul. He missed the free throw again and Kidd-Gilchrist was there to keep it alive. That led to a Byron Mullens dunk, giving the Bobcats the lead with 2:21 left.
Dallas coach Rick Carlisle stressed ball security coming in after the Mavericks turned it over 20 times in Friday night’s 104-94 loss to the New York Knicks. But the Mavericks looked shaky early on, committing five turnovers in the first seven minutes to fall behind 22-9. They finished with 19 turnovers.
After a slow start, Mayo began to heat up, Carter hit three 3-pointers and the Mavericks opened a 55-44 lead at halftime. The Mavericks got a huge boost from their reserves in the first half, outscoring their counterparts on the Bobcats 25-7 and outrebounding them 13-4.
Dallas’ lead might have been even larger had it not been for Walker, who had 17 first-half points on 7-of-10 shooting.
NOTES: Haywood returned to the starting lineup after missing Friday’s night game at New Orleans to deal with a family matter. … Carlisle offered no update on when Dirk Nowitzki (knee) or Shawn Marion (knee) will return from their injuries.
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