Dec 18, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Charlotte Bobcats guard Kemba Walker (15) goes to shoot the game winning basket as Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas (17) defends at the Air Canada Centre. Charlotte defeated Toronto 104-102 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Walker's Buzzer Beater Lifts Bobcats Over Raptors

Associated Press

TORONTO — Kemba Walker hit a buzzer-beating jump shot in overtime and theCharlotte Bobcats beat the Raptors 104-102 on Wednesday night, snapping a three-game losing streak in Toronto.

Walker had 29 points and Al Jefferson had 24 points and 11 rebounds as the Bobcats won their second straight. Five of Jefferson’s points came in overtime.

Josh McRoberts scored 13 points, Ramon Sessions and Gerald Henderson each had 11 and Anthony Tolliver had 10.

DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points and Kyle Lowry had 17 for the Raptors. Amir Johnson fouled out with 10 points and 13 rebounds as Toronto’s two-game winning streak was snapped.

Dec 18, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson (25) drives against Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas (17) at the Air Canada Centre. Charlotte defeated Toronto 104-102 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

After DeRozan made one of two free throws to tie it with one second left, Walker hit a fadeaway jumper on the inbounds pass, giving Charlotte wins on consecutive nights for the first time since Nov. 5 and 6, when it beat New York and Toronto.

With 15 seconds left in a fourth quarter that had seven lead changes, Henderson made a pair of free throws to put Charlotte up 95-92, only to have Lowry promptly tie it with a 3.

After a timeout, Charlotte gave the ball to Walker for a potential game-winning shot, but he was stripped by DeRozan, sending it to overtime.

Charlotte led 102-99 with 19 seconds left in the extra session when Henderson missed a pair of free throws. After DeRozan cut it to one with a driving layup, Walker was fouled and also missed both. DeRozan was fouled while shooting at the other end, missing his first but tying the game by making the second.

Walker made sure there wouldn’t be another overtime by catching McRoberts’ inbounds pass and making an open jumper for the win.

Dec 18, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Charlotte Bobcats guard Kemba Walker (center) reacts behind Toronto Raptors forward Patrick Patterson (54) after scoring the game winning basket at the Air Canada Centre. Charlotte defeated Toronto 104-102 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Both teams shot poorly in the opening quarter, but Henderson had seven points and Walker made a pair of 3-pointers as the Bobcats led 18-15 after one.

Toronto was much better in the second, making 12 of 18 field goal attempts. The Raptors took the lead with an 8-0 run to start the quarter, and DeRozan scored 11 points in the second as Toronto took a 47-37 lead into halftime.

Walker scored 11 points in the third and Jefferson had 10 as the Bobcats closed the gap, knotting the score at 70-70 heading into the fourth.

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