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CHARLOTTE, N.C.: Kemba Walker’s 3-pointer with 58.3 seconds left lifted the Charlotte Bobcats to a 90-84 win over the Cavaliers on Friday.
The Cavs had a chance to tie the game at 87, but Jarrett Jack shot an air ball on a 3-pointer with 12.2 seconds left.
C.J. Miles scored 22 points off the bench, Tristan Thompson had 21 points and 11 rebounds and Kyrie Irving had 16 points and seven assists, but the Cavs struggled defensively for much of the night. The Bobcats shot 50 percent in the first half and the Cavs didn’t increase the defensive intensity until the game’s final few minutes.
The Cavs shot just 38 percent and received a combined two points from their starting shooting guard and small forward. Dion Waiters was benched 2 ½ minutes into the third quarter and did not return, finishing with two points (1 of 5 shooting), no rebounds and no assists. Earl Clark missed all four of his attempts and grabbed three rebounds.
Andrew Bynum played 10 minutes off the bench and had five points and three rebounds. He is not expected to play Saturday when the Cavs travel to the Indiana Pacers for the second night of a back to back.