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Saturday, November 10, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Bobcats 101, Mavs 97

By Mike Peasley

How it happened: This wasn’t supposed to happen for the Mavericks tonight at Charlotte. Dallas had to go to overtime for the first time this season after blowing an eight-point lead with under five minutes to play and a four-point lead with 26 seconds remaining.

The Mavericks led by as many as 15 in the second half before the Bobcats rallied for a 101-97 win.

Dallas had a four-point lead late in the fourth quarter, but Brendan Haywood scored underneath and drew a foul. After missing the free throw, Charlotte got the offensive rebound and Ramon Sessions tied the score with 2.8 seconds left on a driving layup. Vince Carter misfired at the buzzer and the game went to overtime.

In the extra period, Haywood again scored and was fouled and again would miss the free throw, only to see Charlotte get the offensive rebound, which would turn into an easy dunk for Byron Mullens that gave the Bobcats a 95-93 lead. It would turn out to be a lead they would not relinquish. The Mavericks, very sloppy with their offensive execution for the second straight night, committed 19 turnovers. Dallas was led by O.J. Mayo with 22 points and Vince Carter with 19.

Kemba Walker had 26 points for the Bobcats, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 25.

What it means: The Mavericks lost to the Bobcats for the first time in franchise history. They had been 16-0 all time since Charlotte entered the league in 2004.

Play of the game: With Charlotte protecting a two-point lead, Walker looked like he was back in his UConn days as he sliced and diced his way through the Mavericks defense and threw in an acrobatic right-handed layup, giving the Bobcats a four-point lead in overtime.

Stat of the night: The Mavericks have had the lead at halftime in all seven games they have played this season. Charlotte scored 100 points for the first time in 17 tries against Dallas.