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Pistons misfire late as Bobcats cruise to 116-106 victory

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If the Charlotte Bobcats have nine lives then they are down to seven at the conclusion of their latest two-game road trip through Toronto and Detroit.

Charlotte needed a last second shot in overtime from Kemba Walker to knock off the Raptors on Wednesday night after trailing by 16 points and they had to come back from 20 to take down the Pistons on Friday night.

Walker led the way for the Bobcats scoring 34 points, grabbing seven rebounds to go along with three steals and three assists. His partner in crime, Al Jefferson logged his second consecutive double-double with 24 points and 14 boards.

"I don't know what was going on in the first half. I'm still trying to get in a groove, still trying to get this ankle right, but it got to the point where I said enough is enough. I've got to just go out there and do what I've got to do.." Jefferson said after the game.

Charlotte got off to a slow start for the second straight game, falling behind to the Pistons 59-44 at the break. With only 37 seconds gone off the clock, forward Jeffery Taylor went down with a right achilles injury and had to be carried off the court by teammates. The concern for Taylor was evident on the player's faces as the Pistons went right to work on his replacement Anthony Tolliver.

Detroit forward Josh Smith scored 10 of his 18 points in the first half causing some serious problems for the Bobcats who were already short on wing players without Michael Kidd-Gilchrist who is recovering from a broken hand.

In the third quarter the Bobcats would face their largest deficit before cutting the lead to 13 heading into the fourth. Charlotte started the final quarter with five reserves and rattled off nine unanswered points, which eventually ballooned into a 17-4 run.

Rookie forward Cody Zeller got things going with a couple of fast-break dunks early in the quarter and former Piston Ben Gordon sliced Detroit's lead to 93-92 with a 3-pointer. Jefferson who scored 15 points in the final stanza gave the Bobcats their first lead of the game with 4:14 remaining on a layup.

The Bobcats would go on to outscore the Pistons 41-17 in the fourth quarter as their defense finally took over causing four turnovers and holding Detroit to just 6-20 shooting from the field.

"We just picked up our energy." Zeller said, "We were kind of sluggish in the first half and we tried to turn things around. Everyone in this league makes a run and we just went on a run, and then Kemba and Al came in and finished it off."

This marks the first three-game winning streak of the season for the Bobcats (13-14) who have a chance to get back to .500 when they host the Utah Jazz on Saturday night.

Taylor will have additional tests on his achilles when the team arrives in Charlotte on Saturday and his status will be determined at that time. This means the Bobcats may have to give a lot more minutes to Chris Douglas-Roberts who was signed a week ago from the Texas Legends of the NBA D-League.


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