Kemba Walker scored 31 points as the Charlotte Bobcats won for the fourth time in five nights, defeating the Memphis Grizzlies 92-89 in the NBA on Saturday.
Charlotte is 4-0 since the All-Star break, marking its longest winning streak since March 2011.
The Bobcats used an 18-3 run in the fourth quarter to break open a tight game and then held on down the stretch with Walker making four free throws in the final 25 seconds to end Memphis’ four-game win streak.
The Bobcats won despite the Grizzlies holding Al Jefferson to just six points on two-of-13 shooting. Jefferson came in having scored 29 points or more in eight of his last 11 games and at least 20 points in 17 of the last 19.
The Grizzlies were led by Mike Conley, who had 16 points but missed two three-pointers on Memphis’ final possession that would have tied the game.
TIMBERWOLVES 121, JAZZ 104
In Salt Lake City, Kevin Love had 37 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for his first career triple-double to help Minnesota cruise past Utah.
Minnesota was again playing without starters Nikola Pekovic (ankle) and Kevin Martin (finger), but Love filled the void, keeping one step ahead of the Jazz through the game.
Ricky Rubio had 15 points, and Corey Brewer and Chase Budinger scored 13 apiece as the Wolves won their third straight game.
In other NBA action, it was:
‧ Warriors 93, Nets 86
‧ Hawks 107, Knicks 98
‧ Wizards 94, Pelicans 93
‧ Pacers 110, Bucks 100
‧ Kings 105, Celtics 98
‧ Mavericks 113, Pistons 102