CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It took some big plays by Raymond Felton and some fortunate bounces late to prevent another stunning Sacramento Kings comeback in the Bobcats’ 105-103 victory on Monday.
The Bobcats (20-19) are above .500 at the latest point in franchise history and moved into a three-way tie for fifth place in the Eastern Conference with idle Toronto and Miami.
But this one almost slipped away.
Less than a month after Sacramento rallied from 35 points down to win in Chicago, the Kings cut a 24-point third-quarter deficit to one behind their sensational rookie Tyreke Evans, who scored a career-high 34 points.
Snohomish High School graduate and former University of Washington player Jon Brockman added 14 rebounds for the Kings.
Gerald Wallace scored 28 points and Felton (17 points, 10 assists) finished a rebound shy of a triple-double for the Bobcats, who led 82-58 with 4 minutes left in the third quarter.
Wizards 97, Blazers 92
WASHINGTON — Antawn Jamison scored 21 of his 28 points after halftime. Former Washington Husky Brandon Roy missed the game with a hamstring injury.
Knicks 99, Pistons 91
NEW YORK — Former Washington Husky Nate Robinson showed his game is much more than dunks, scoring 27 points to lead New York to a victory and a split of a home-and-home series with Detroit. Robinson made five 3-pointers.
Thunder 94, Hawks 91
ATLANTA — Kevin Durant scored 29 points, Jeff Green had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Oklahoma City ended Atlanta’s three-game winning streak.
Rockets 101, Bucks 98 (OT)
HOUSTON — Luis Scola scored a season-high 27 points and grabbed 15 rebounds and Aaron Brooks dished out 10 assists.
Clippers 106, Nets 95
LOS ANGELES — Chris Kaman had 22 points and seven rebounds in his return to the lineup, and Los Angeles snapped a four-game skid.
T-wolves 108, 76ers 103 (OT)
MINNEAPOLIS — Jonny Flynn had a career-high 29 points and nine assists and Minnesota rallied from 20 points down.
Spurs 97, Hornets 90
NEW ORLEANS — Tony Parker scored 25 points and San Antonio handed New Orleans a rare home loss.
Warriors 114, Bulls 97
OAKLAND, Calif. — Monta Ellis had 36 points, eight assists and five rebounds.
Grizzlies 125, Suns 118
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Rudy Gay scored 31 points and Zach Randolph added 27 points and 11 rebounds.
Mavericks 99, Celtics 90
BOSTON — Dirk Nowitzki had 37 points, scoring nine in a row during a third-quarter run that gave the Mavericks the lead for good.
Lakers 98, Magic 92
LOS ANGELES — Shannon Brown scored a career-high 22 points and Pau Gasol had 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Robinson in dunk contest
NEW YORK — Defending champion Nate Robinson will return to the slam dunk contest, trying to become the first three-time winner. The Knicks guard will be joined by Charlotte’s Gerald Wallace and Lakers guard Shannon Brown. The fourth contestant will be determined by a dunk-off during halftime of the rookie game between the Clippers’ Eric Gordon and Toronto rookie DeMar DeRozan.
Curry to miss 6 weeks
NEW YORK — New York’s Eddy Curry is expected to miss about six weeks after surgery on his knee.
Stackhouse to Bucks
HOUSTON — Jerry Stackhouse will join the Bucks when they return to Milwaukee, and may play Wednesday. The Bucks signed Stackhouse for the rest of this season Monday.