Charlotte, NC, United States (4E Sports) – Kemba Walker recorded 19 points and 7 dimes while Ramon Sessions nailed a crucial bucket down the stretch as the Charlotte Bobcats improved to 6-4 with a 98-97 victory over the Toronto Raptors Wednesday at Time Warner Cable Arena.
The Bobcats are off to a fast start in the first 10 games under coach Mike Dunlap, exhibiting composure down the stretch despite having a young core.
The Bobcats and Raptors went back-and-forth through a furious first 24 minutes of action, which ended in a 53-53 deadlock at halftime.
Behind Kyle Lowry and rookie Jonas Valanciunas, the Raptors built momentum in the opening minutes of the second half. However, the Bobcats then rallied to take a precarious one-point edge, 75-74, at the end of the third.
The Bobcats opened the fourth period on an 11-2 blast to extend their lead to 10 points. However, the Raptors fought back and even took a 96-93 cushion with barely a minute remaining.
But the Bobcats proved to be a much different team this year as Sessions again stood up to the challenge as he knocked down a go-ahead jumper with 28 seconds left to play.
The Raps had several chances to steal a win but the Bobcats defense stepped up to fend off any Hail Mary shot.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist continued to post strong numbers with 14 points while Ben Gordon added 13 off the bench.
Andrea Bargnani had 25 points and Lowry registered 21 points and 8 dimes for the Raptors (3-9), who have lost three in their last four games.