Bobcats escape with 111-110 win over Bucks in OT
Kemba Walker said the most notable transformation between this
year’s Charlotte Bobcats and teams of the past is now they expect
to win games.
”That’s what it is,” Walker said. ”We go into games knowing
that we have a chance. We have the players and we have the
character. That’s the difference.”
The Bobcats went 28-120 in their previous two seasons, but a
renewed sense of confidence and determination is paying off.
Well, that and a having a big man who can dominate in the low
Center Al Jefferson had a season-high 26 points, Walker nearly
had a triple double and the Bobcats overcame an 18-point deficit to
escape with a 111-110 overtime over the Milwaukee Bucks for their
fourth victory in the past five games Monday night.
Walker had 25 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, and Anthony
Tolliver had 12 points on four 3-pointers as the Bobcats avenged a
hard-to-swallow loss at home Saturday night against the Utah
Rookie Cody Zeller added a career-high 12 points for the Bobcats
(14-15) in what coach Steve Clifford called his best NBA game.
Jefferson told Walker this summer that he was signing as a free
agent with the Bobcats because he expected to win games.
He didn’t want to play for a cellar dweller.
”I told him I’m not going to get used to losing,” Jefferson
said. ”We want to try to turn things around. So far, so
It’s the third time in the last four games the Bobcats have come
back from at least 16 points down to win.
”We don’t like getting down that early, but it happens,”
Walker said. ”We are showing our resiliency. We are showing that
when we get down, we’re not out. We’re going to keep fighting. The
game is never over, especially in this league.”
Brandon Knight had 26 points and 14 assists to lead the Bucks
(6-22), who have lost five of their last six games.
The Bucks had a chance to tie in overtime off an inbounds play
with 1.6 seconds left, but officials ruled Khris Middleton’s foot
was on the line and his jumper counted as two points instead of
”I didn’t know where I was,” said Middleton, who had 19
points. ”It was a good play and a good shot, but obviously my foot
was on the line. Anybody wants that situation. I just caught it and
It was Charlotte’s third victory this season against Milwaukee,
although this one was much closer than the previous two.
The Bobcats beat the Bucks twice in November by 24 and 16
But it was Milwaukee that jumped out to a 35-17 lead in the
second quarter by dominating the boards.
Charlotte’s starters were 6 of 20 from the field at one point
before Jefferson started to get hot toward the end of the second
quarter and helped the Bobcats trim the lead to 54-52 at the
The teams entered the fourth quarter tied, but Tolliver knocked
down his fourth 3-pointer with 4:02 left on the clock to give
Charlotte a 96-94 lead.
The Bucks would cut the lead to one with 35 seconds left before
Walker hit a pull-up jumper from 13 feet with 16 seconds left.
After a timeout, Middleton missed a 3-pointer, but O.J. Mayo
grabbed the loose rebound and knocked down a 25-footer to send the
game into overtime.
In the extra period, the Bobcats took a one-point lead late on a
free throw by Jefferson.
The Bucks had a chance to take the lead but Middleton missed a
jumper and Walker grabbed his ninth rebound of the game. Walker
knocked down two free throws with 1.6 seconds left to push the lead
Milwaukee’s last ditch effort fell short when Middleton’s jumper
at the buzzer from the right corner went in, but was ruled a
Replays showed his foot was on the line.
”We just have to get over the hump,” Bucks coach Larry Drew
said. ”We’re knocking at the door. We just have to get over the
hump. We’re putting ourselves in position. Like I told the guys, we
can have good stretches and then we have breakdowns. Bad shots are
just as good as a turnover. Particularly on the road. You have to
be disciplined enough to get good shots.”
The Bobcats had a season-high 10 3-pointers including a 4-for-4
effort by Tolliver, who took over as the starter after Jeffery
Taylor tore his Achilles tendon last week.
NOTES: The Bobcats announced that Taylor had surgery to repair a
torn right Achilles tendon and is expected to miss six to nine
months. … Jefferson has scored in double digits in 16 straight
games for the Bobcats. … Former North Carolina Tar Heel P.J.
Hairston was on hand for the game against the Bucks watching former
college teammate John Henson.