Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Jefferson, Walker leads Bobcats to fifth straight win

KEMBA WALKER made the only field goal for either team in overtime, and the Charlotte Bobcats won their fifth straight last night and moved into position for the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 94-88 over the host Washington Wizards.

Walker made a three-pointer and a pair of free throws in the extra session, and Al Jefferson added two free throws to account for all of the Bobcats' post-regulation scoring. Charlotte went 1-for-7 from the field, while Washington was 0-for-8 and got its only point from a free throw by John Wall with 34 seconds remaining.

Jefferson finished with 20 points and 18 rebounds, and Walker had 17 points and 12 assists, for the Bobcats, who have their longest winning streak since March 2010 - the only other season the franchise has made the playoffs.

Nene, playing his first game in over 6 weeks for the Wizards while nursing a sprained left knee, had 10 points in 17 minutes.

In other games

* At Orlando, Arron Afflalo scored 25 points and E'Twaun Moore added 17 as the Magic beat the Brooklyn Nets, 115-111.

* At Atlanta, Jeff Teague scored 19 points, Kyle Korver added 17 and the Hawks helped their playoff chances with a 105-97 victory over the Boston Celtics.

With four games remaining in the regular season, Atlanta increased its lead to two games over the New York Knicks for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

* At Minneapolis, D.J. Augustin scored 21 points and Joakim Noah posted his league-leading fourth triple-double of the season, leading the Chicago Bulls to a 102-87 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Noah had 15 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.

* At Cleveland, Dion Waiters scored 22 points and the Cavaliers defeated the Detroit Pistons, 122-100, before being eliminated from the playoffs.

Tyler Zeller scored 18 and rookie Matthew Dellavedova had 14 points and 12 assists for Cleveland, which had its playoff hopes ended when Atlanta defeated Boston.

* At New Orleans, Gerald Green scored 21 points as the Phoenix Suns defeated the Pelicans, 94-88, for their third straight win.

* At Milwaukee, Chris Copeland's layup with 1.2 secondns left lifted the Indiana Pacers, who rested all five starters, to a 104-102 win over the Bucks.

Luis Scola had 24 points and Evan Turner 23 for the Pacers, who moved into first place in the Eastern Conference.

* At Memphis, Mike Conley (26 points) and Zach Randolph (25) led the Grizzlies to a 107-102 win over the Heat, which got 37 from LeBron James.

Noteworthy

* NBA commissioner Adam Silver said the league may consider subsidizing college athletes to make them consider staying in school longer.

Raising the age limit for the NBA draft from 19 to 20 years old would require the approval of the NBA Players Association as part of the collective bargaining agreement.

Silver said the league could perhaps help provide players with total disability insurance should they return to school and suffer a career-ending injury. Currently, the NCAA provides only a preferred loan rate for those players it deems to be potential high draft picks.

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