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D.J. Augustin had 11 points and 10 assists, Kemba Walker scored 14 points and fellow rookie Bismack Biyombo had a career-high 13 rebounds as the Bobcats won for the first time since beating Golden State 112-100 on Jan. 14. Corey Maggette added 16 points as Charlotte avoided becoming the 28th team in NBA history to drop at least 17 straight games.
All of Williams‘ points came in the first three quarters. He did not play in the fourth.
DeMar DeRozan scored 24 and Leandro Barbosa 16, while Amir Johnson had a career-high 15 rebounds for the Raptors, who have lost four straight and 10 of 13. Toronto has lost five straight to Charlotte and is 4-11 at home this season.
Trailing 69-68 after three quarters, the Bobcats opened the fourth with an 11-2 run, forcing Toronto to call timeout after Augustin’s driving layup made gave Charlotte a 79-71 edge with 8:53 left.
Calderon stopped the run with a 3 and Ed Davis added a dunk. But the Bobcats held firm, scoring six of the next eight points to lead 85-78 with 5:58 to go.
Davis made a layup and, after a jumper by D.J. White, Barbosa scored on back-to-back possessions. Charlotte called a timeout with 4:34 remaining, their lead down to three at 87-84.
DeRozan banked in a jumper at the other end, but Walker found Boris Diaw for a baseline jumper, restoring the four-point cushion. DeRozan was fouled and made the first but missed the second, with Walker grabbing the rebound for the Bobcats. That led to White’s layup with 15 seconds left, giving Charlotte and 96-91 lead.
Toronto’s inbounds play went wrong when Calderon’s lob pass ended up in the basket, giving the ball back to the Bobcats. Maggette sealed it with a pair of free throws.
DeRozan had to leave the game after colliding with Maggette and being called for a charge, his fourth personal foul. DeRozan stayed down clutching his face and received treatment on the court before walking to the bench.
Notes: Bobcats G Gerald Henderson (strained right hamstring) is not expected to return until next Wednesday’s home game against Indiana. … Bayless returned after missing four games with a sore left ankle. … Raptors F Linas Kleiza (left knee) missed his second straight game.
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