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Bobcats 107, Raptors 101

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Byron Mullens came off the bench to score 25 points and Gerald Henderson scored 21 as the Charlotte Bobcats pulled out a 107-101 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.

The Bobcats led by as many as nine points in the fourth quarter and eventually held off a late Toronto surge, with Mullens hitting four free throws in the final 11.1 seconds to seal the victory.

The victory, coupled with a win over Washington on Monday night, gave the Bobcats a two-game winning streak for the first time since late November. They have had just three two-game winning streaks all season. They are now 16-52, still the worst record in the NBA.

The Bobcats also got 16 points from Ben Gordon, 14 points from Kemba Walker, 12 points and 12 rebounds from Josh McRoberts, and 11 points from Jannero Pargo.

Rudy Gay led the Raptors with 25 points. DeMar DeRozan scored 19, Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas scored 18 each, and Amir Johnson had 10 rebounds.

The Raptors are now 26-42 and have lost two straight.

The Raptors jumped out to a 15-4 lead and went on to lead 26-22 after one quarter, with DeRozan and Gay combining for 22 of the 26 points. The Bobcats got into the bonus early in the second quarter and parlayed free-throw shooting into a 53-48 halftime lead. Charlotte then led 74-71 after three quarters. Charlotte then scored the first six points of the fourth quarter to open up a nine-point lead and never trailed from there.

NOTES: This was the fourth and final meeting of the season between the teams. The Raptors won both games in Toronto, and the Bobcats won the previous game in Charlotte. When the teams met last week, Gay scored 28 points and Johnson had 21 rebounds in a 92-89 Toronto win. The Bobcats scored just 10 points in the fourth quarter of that game. ... The Bobcats continue to be without Ramon Sessions (knee) and DeSagana Diop (knee), while Andrea Bargnani (elbow) remained out for Toronto. ... The Bobcats were coming off a 119-114 home win over Washington on Monday. This was the second game of a three-game home stand, which will wrap up on Saturday against Detroit. ... Bobcats players will participate in the annual Cats Care Day of Service on Thursday, where they all do volunteer work in the community. ... Before leaving the game because of a bleeding nose Sunday and finishing with 18 rebounds, Johnson was on his way to become the first Toronto player in history to record 20 rebounds in back-to-back games. Johnson had 16 or more rebounds in three of his previous four games entering Wednesday night. ... The Raptors have a weekend set with New York coming up. They'll host the Knicks on Friday night, then they will meet in a rematch at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.
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