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Bobcats 95, Nets 91

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Guard Kemba Walker broke out of a recent slump with a season-high 31 points, and the Charlotte Bobcats snapped a two-game losing streak with a 95-91 victory over the injury-plagued Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.

Walker, who came into the game averaging 14.6 points-per-game but just 9.0 in his previous five games, was 12 of 20 from the field and 4 of 7 from 3-point range.

The Bobcats led by as many as 16 in the second half and took an 83-70 lead into the fourth quarter, but Brooklyn staged a fierce rally in the final four minutes and got as close as 93-91 on center Andray Blatche's tip-in with 12.1 seconds remaining.

Walker then hit two free throws with 6.1 seconds left to push the lead back to four.

The Bobcats also got 13 points each from guards Gerald Henderson and Ramon Sessions.

The win moved the Bobcats back to the .500 mark at 6-6.

The Nets suffered their third straight loss and fell to 3-8.

Brooklyn guard Deron Williams started after missing the previous two games with a sprained left ankle. But he exited at halftime after aggravating the injury, didn't play in the second half, and finished with four points and two assists in 13 minutes.

The Nets were also missing center Brook Lopez with a sprained left ankle and forward Andrei Kirilenko with back spasms, and guard Jason Terry played only briefly because of a bruised left knee.

Blatche led Brooklyn with 25 points. Guard Joe Johnson scored 19, Alan Anderson 16 and Paul Pierce 12.

Charlotte was again without center Al Jefferson, who has been able to play only three games all season because of a bone bruise in his right ankle.

NOTES: The Bobcats came into the game allowing 92.9 points per game, the fourth-lowest average in the NBA. Last season, the Bobcats ranked 29th in the league, allowing 102.7 ppg. ... The Bobcats had six different leading scorers in their previous seven games. ... Nets F Kevin Garnett came into the game shooting just 32.6 percent from the field, and G Jason Terry wasn't much better at 35.3 percent. ... Nets C Brook Lopez began the night third in the NBA in blocked shots, averaging 2.75 per game. ... Brooklyn G Deron Williams scored his career high of 57 at Charlotte on March 4, 2012. ... Entering play Wednesday, the Nets were 20-3 over the past two seasons when G Joe Johnson scored 20 or more points. ... The Bobcats remain home to face the Phoenix Suns on Friday. ... The Nets will play the Timberwolves in Minnesota on Friday.
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