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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Guard Ramon Sessions scored 23 points, and center Al Jefferson had 22 points and 19 rebounds as the Charlotte Bobcats continued their home mastery over the Toronto Raptors with a 100-95 victory on Monday afternoon.

The Bobcats led by as many as 22 points in the first half and were up by 30 at 71-41 in the third quarter, but eventually had to fight off a Toronto rally that got as close as one in the final minute.

Ultimately, Sessions hit four free throws and guard Gerald Henderson hit three free throws in the final 24 seconds to enable the Bobcats to hold on.

The Bobcats have beaten Toronto seven straight times in Charlotte, dating to 2010.

Sessions, who was starting in place of injured guard Kemba Walker, was six of 10 from the field and 10 of 11 from the free-throw line.

It was the third straight game that Jefferson has had at least 20 points and 10 rebounds, and marked his 18th double-double of the season.

The Bobcats also got 16 points from Henderson and 11 each from forward Josh McRoberts and guard Jannero Pargo.

Guard DeMar DeRozan led Toronto with 25 points. Guard Kyle Lowry scored 21, guard Greivis Vasquez 15, and forward Chuck Hayes had 12 points and 13 rebounds. Vasquez missed a 3-pointer with 16 seconds left that could have tied it.

Charlotte led 26-11 after one quarter, at which point Jefferson already had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. The 11 points were the fewest given up by the Bobcats all season; Toronto was just five of 20 from the field in the quarter.

The lead grew to 49-27 late in the second quarter, was 55-36 at halftime, and then reached its peak at 71-41 in the third period. Charlotte led 78-60 going into the fourth quarter.

The Bobcats, who had lost 10 of their previous 13, raised their record to 18-25. The Raptors fell to 20-20 and lost for the third time in their last four games.

NOTES: The Bobcats have hosted an afternoon game on MLK Day in nine of their 10 seasons. ... The Raptors had a quick turnaround, after losing 112-106 to the Lakers in Toronto on Sunday. ... Bobcats G Kemba Walker missed the first game of his career on Monday, after suffering a sprained left ankle against the Miami Heat on Saturday night. He had played in 190 straight games. He is expected to miss two weeks. ... G Ramon Sessions moved into the starting lineup for Walker, and G Jannero Pargo moved into the rotation. ... The Bobcats are also without F Jeffery Taylor (ruptured Achilles) and C Brendan Haywood (stress fracture left foot). ... The teams were meeting for the third and final time this season. The Bobcats won 92-90 in Charlotte on Nov. 6, then the Raptors prevailed 104-102 in Toronto on Dec. 18. ... The Raptors came into the game as the only team in the Atlantic Division with a winning record. ... The Raptors have the third-best record in the Eastern Conference, behind only the Indiana Pacers and Miami, since the seven-player trade that brought G Greivis Vasquez and F John Salmons from the Sacramento Kings on Dec. 9. ... The Bobcats host the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night. ... The Raptors return home to face the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday.

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