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Bobcats 95, Bucks 85

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kemba Walker scored 21 points as the Charlotte Bobcats snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the playoff-bound Milwaukee Bucks 95-85 on Saturday night.

Bismack Biyombo had 13 points and 17 rebounds, Josh McRoberts added 18 points and a game-high nine assists and Gerald Henderson scored 12 for the Bobcats (19-61), who led by as many as 18 points in the second half after breaking a tie early in the third quarter.

Charlotte overcame missing its first eight shots to make 46.3 percent from the field, and enjoy a 52-36 rebounding advantage.

Mike Dunleavy scored 19 points off the bench to lead the Bucks (37-43), who squandered a chance to improve on their Eastern Conference No. 8 seed in the NBA playoffs by losing their fourth straight.

Monta Ellis added 16 points, J.J. Redick 12 and Ersan Ilyasova 10 for Milwaukee, which shot just 39.1 percent from the field.

Despite that, the Bucks fought back from a 49-44 halftime deficit to tie the score at 51-51 on Ellis' 3-pointer with 10:13 left. But the Bobcats responded with a 25-8 run to close out the quarter, with Biyombo's layup with 3.5 seconds left giving Charlotte a 76-59 lead.

The Bobcats would remain ahead by double digits until the final minutes of the game, with John Henson's layup with 23.5 seconds left pulling Milwaukee within 91-85. But Henderson hit a pair of free throws, and Biyombo slammed home a fast-break dunk off a steal to push Charlotte's lead back to double digits.

NOTES: The Bucks may be bound for the NBA playoffs, but they haven't played like it of late. The Bucks (37-43) have now lost four straight and six of their last seven games. Milwaukee still has a chance to improve its playoff position, sitting three games behind the Boston Celtics (40-39) with three games remaining. ... The Bobcats (18-61) are far out of the playoff picture, so their goals are more modest -- get past the Orlando Magic (20-59) in the standings, and win 20 or more games for the first time since the 2010-2011 season. But like the Bucks, Charlotte will need to get out of its recent funk -- its lost four straight and seven of its last eight games. ... Bucks guard Ellis had a career-high 17 assists against the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night, and became the first Milwaukee player to have a 20-point/15-assist/five-steal game in more than 25 years. In addition to his 17 assists, Ellis had 27 points, eight rebounds and five steals against the Hawks. ... Bobcats forward Josh McRoberts has seen his statistics improve tremendously since joining the team in a trade from the Magic on Feb. 21. In the 23 games he's played with Charlotte, McRoberts is averaging 8.4 points and 7.0 rebounds per game and is shooting 46.5 percent from the field. Before that, he was averaging 3.9 points and 3.3 rebounds in 41 games with Orlando and shooting just 39.2 percent.
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