NBA Game Summary - Cleveland at Charlotte
(Wednesday, March 30th)
Final Score: Charlotte 98, Cleveland 97
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Boris Diaw finished with 26 points and 11 assists as Charlotte narrowly edged Cleveland, 98-97, to match its season-high winning streak of four games.
Kwame Brown posted 16 points and eight rebounds while Gerald Henderson scored 14 for the victors. D.J. Augustin dished out 12 assists, matching a career- high, and added eight points for the Bobcats, who also had a four-game streak from January 5-12.
The Bobcats held their position in the Eastern Conference standings and are one game behind the Indiana Pacers for the No. 8 seed.
"We could have very easily chalked it in and not given ourselves a chance," Bobcats coach Paul Silas said regarding his teams push towards the playoffs. "These guys are just amazing and they won't give up."
Ramon Sessions paced Cleveland with 24 points in a reserve role, while J.J. Hickson posted 20 points and seven boards and Anthony Parker scored 14.
The Cavaliers entered Wednesday's game on an emotional high after topping LeBron James and the Miami Heat on Tuesday, but lost for the second time in three games.
"We competed a lot better tonight," Cleveland coach Byron Scott said. "Some good things, but we didn't play the defense we did last night."
Parker's jumper to close the third tied the game at 76, and after trading baskets for most the fourth, the Bobcats took a 88-84 lead after D.J. White's jumper just under the mid-point.
The Cavs responded with a 7-0 run, capped by a Baron Davis jumper and three- pointer to give Cleveland a 91-88 edge. Two consecutive Diaw baskets then regained the edge for Charlotte, and after alternating the lead for the next several minutes another Diaw basket, this time a short hook-shot, tied the game at 97.
Both teams missed their next two shots, and after Henderson grabbed the rebound on a Bobcats miss with 31.9 seconds remaining, Charlotte called a timeout.
Out of the break Diaw was fouled with 14 seconds remaining, and after making the first he missed the second and the Cavs grabbed the rebound and called a timeout with 13.2 ticks remaining.
Cleveland got the ball into the Charlotte end of the court, but after failing to get a play set it called a final timeout with 2.8 seconds remaining.
Parker went for a driving jumper in the lane just before the final buzzer but Dominic McGuire got a finger on the ball, sealing the victory for the Bobcats.
"I thought we played well as a team," Davis said. "We could of had more energy but we stayed in it the whole game and gave ourselves a chance."
Both teams shot over 60 percent from the field in the first quarter as the Bobcats took a 28-26 lead into the second. Sessions posted 12 points on 4-of-5 from the field in the second as the Cavs took a 50-47 lead into the break.
The Bobcats have won five straight in this series...Shaun Livingston (back) missed the game for Charlotte...Davis finished with 11 points and Alonzo Gee added 10 for Cleveland...Dante Cunningham finished with 12 points for Charlotte...Diaw matched his season high in points and assists...Both teams grabbed 32 rebounds.
03/30 23:30:18 ET