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Bobcats 92, Raptors 90

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Guard Gerald Henderson scored a season-high 23 points and the Charlotte Bobcats beat the Toronto Raptors 92-90 on Wednesday night for their second win in two nights.

The Bobcats built a 16-point lead in the first half but could never put the Raptors away, and they wound up needing a key defensive stop in the final 25 seconds to hold on.

After trailing 89-80 with 4:57 remaining, the Raptors had a chance to tie trailing 92-90 but Charlotte center Bismack Biyombo blocked a drive by guard DeMar DeRozan. Charlotte then ran out the clock without a Toronto foul.

Henderson, a fourth-year pro, was 10 of 17 from the field. He scored 12 points in the first quarter. His previous season high of 18 came on Tuesday night in the Bobcats' 102-97 victory at New York.

The Bobcats, 3-2 overall and 2-0 at Time Warner Cable Arena, also got 14 points from forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and 13 each from forwards Josh McRoberts and Jeffery Taylor.

Forward Rudy Gay led Toronto (2-3) with 20 points, but was just 8 of 21 from the field. DeRozan finished with 14 points on 5-of-16 shooting. The Raptors also got 13 points from forward Amir Johnson and 12 points and 10 rebounds from center Jonas Valanciunas.

The Bobcats were hot early, hitting eight of their first nine shots from the field and 15 of their first 20, parlaying that into a 32-18 lead after one quarter.

Charlotte's lead grew to 36-20 early in the second quarter. But Toronto hit four 3-pointers in the second, erupted for 35 second-quarter points on 13-of-19 shooting, and eventually fought back for a 53-53 halftime tie.

The Bobcats led 76-70 after three quarters.

NOTES: Both teams were playing their second game in two days. The Bobcats were coming off a 102-97 win at New York on Tuesday when G Kemba Walker had 25 points, six assists and five rebounds despite suffering a left shoulder injury. The Raptors lost to Miami 104-95 in Toronto. ... Walker has never missed a game since coming into the league in 2011. He and Golden State G Klay Thompson are the only members of the 2011 draft class who have played in every game since entering the league. ... The Bobcats were without C Al Jefferson for the fourth straight game because of a bone bruise in his right ankle, and C Brendan Haywood is likely out for at least two months with a stress fracture in his left foot. ... Toronto G DeMar DeRozan came into the game 20th in the NBA in scoring at 20.5 points per game. ... Walker was the Bobcats' leading scorer at 18.5 and G Ramon Sessions was averaging 13.8 in 23.9 minutes a game off the bench. ... Wednesday's game was the start of a three-game homestand for the Bobcats. They will host the New York Knicks on Friday. ... The Raptors were starting a two-game road trip and will play at Indiana on Friday.
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