Bobcats 111, Bucks 110 (OT)

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Center Al Jefferson scored a season-high 26 points and guard Kemba Walker scored seven points in overtime to finish with 25 as the Charlotte Bobcats edged the Milwaukee Bucks 111-110 at the Time Warner Cable Arena on Monday night.
Walker's two free throws with 1.6 seconds left gave Charlotte a 111-108 lead and Milwaukee's Khris Middleton then hit a shot at the overtime buzzer, but it was ruled a 2-pointer, not a 3-pointer.
The Bobcats trailed by 18 in the first half and led by five going into the final minute of regulation, but couldn't hold the lead as Milwaukee guard O.J. Mayo hit a 3-pointer with 1 second remaining to force overtime.
Walker then scored Charlotte's first five points of overtime, and the Bobcats took the lead for good at 109-108 with 1:40 left on a free throw by Jefferson.
The Bobcats also come back from double-digit deficits in each of their previous two wins. They trailed by 16 at Toronto last Tuesday before rallying to win in overtime, then fought back from a 20-point deficit to win at Detroit last Friday.
The win was the Bobcats' third this season over Milwaukee, and moved them to 14-15. They have won four of their last five.
The Bobcats also got 12 points each from forwards Anthony Tolliver and Cody Zeller.
Milwaukee fell to 6-22, the worst record in the NBA.
Guard Brandon Knight led Milwaukee with 26 points. Middleton finished with 19 and forward John Henson and Mayo finished with 14 each.
Charlotte shot just 24 percent from the field in the first quarter as the Bucks pulled out to a 16-6 lead and stretched it to 33-17 after one quarter. The lead grew to 35-17 a minute into the second quarter.
But the Bobcats hit four 3-pointers in the second quarter and cut Milwaukee's lead to 54-52 at halftime. Walker's 3-pointer to open the third quarter gave Charlotte the lead at 55-54, and the lead seesawed the rest of the third quarter. It was tied 78-78 going into the fourth.
NOTES: The Bobcats won both previous games between the teams this season, winning 96-72 in Milwaukee on Nov. 23 and 92-76 in Charlotte on Nov. 29. The teams will meet one more time, at Milwaukee on March 16. ... Bucks F Caron Butler was playing in his second game after missing 12 games with knee problems. He scored 22 points in the Bucks' 116-106 win over Philadelphia on Saturday. ... The Bucks also got C John Henson (knee) and G Gary Neal (foot) back after they missed the win over Philadelphia, but were without C Zaza Pachulia (fractured right foot), G Carlos Delfino (foot) and C Larry Sanders (thumb). ... Bobcats F Jeffery Taylor underwent successful surgery on Monday after suffering a ruptured right Achilles in the Bobcats' win at Detroit on Friday night. He will miss the rest of the season. ... The Bobcats are also missing F Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (fractured left hand) and C Brendan Haywood (stress fracture left foot). Kidd-Gilchrist will continue to wear a cast until Dec. 27. ... Coming into the game the Bobcats had won six games by six points or less, which is the most in the NBA. ... The Bucks have used 15 different starting lineups this season. ... The Bobcats were playing the second game of a three-game homestand. They will face Oklahoma City on Friday. ... The Bucks will play at Brooklyn on Friday.

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