Dallas Mavericks: Kemba Walker
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.
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OK, that’s a stretch, but the Bobcats are historically horrible by NBA standards, a legitimate threat to be the fourth single-digit-win team in NBA history. Charlotte ranks dead last in the league in scoring (86.8 points per game) and 27th out of 30 teams in defense (100.2).
How bad are the Bobcats? They have the second-worst average margin of defeat in NBA history behind only the 1992-93 Mavericks.
The Bobcats have never beaten the Mavericks. The Mavs are 14-0 against Charlotte, the longest winning streak for one team against another other than the Lakers’ 18-game streak against the Timberwolves.
Records: Bobcats (6-35); Mavs (24-20)
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: American Airlines Center
Radio: ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1270 AM (Spanish)
What to watch: Can Jason Kidd and Dirk Nowitzki get the fourth quarter off? That should be the Mavs’ goal for this game. There’s no good reason the Bobcats, who were blown out by the Rockets last night, should be within striking distance after three quarters.
Key matchup: Rodrigue Beaubois vs. Kemba Walker -- The battle of the backup point guards, featuring a pair of phenomenal athletes, ought to be entertaining. Beaubois is coming off one of the best all-around games of his career. Walker, who carried Connecticut to the NCAA title last March, averages 12.4 points and 4.0 assists in 27.9 minutes per game.
Injuries: Mavs -- G Delonte West (fractured right ring finger) is out; F Shawn Marion (sore left knee) is day-to-day.
Up next: Spurs at Mavs, 8 p.m., Saturday
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