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Bobcats try to continue home dominance of Raptors

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Charlotte Bobcats will search for two consecutive victories Wednesday night when they welcome the Toronto Raptors to Time Warner Cable Arena.

The Bobcats snapped a 16-game road losing streak on Tuesday night. Charlotte is the lowest-scoring franchise in the NBA, averaging 85.7 points per game, but exploded for a 102-97 win.

The Bobcats were fortunate in that Tyson Chandler, the former Defensive Player of the Year, was injured in the first quarter when he collided knee-to-knee with Charlotte's Kemba Walker. Chandler did not return and the Bobcats put up 64 points in the first half.

"We want to push the pace. That's how we want to play," said Walker. "We want to get up and down. We want to play great defense and get stops and push in transition."

Walker led the Bobcats with 25 points, six assists and five rebounds. Gerald Henderson was next with 18 points, followed by 16 from Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who played a great all-around game, 13 from Jeff Taylor and Ramon Sessions, who had 10.

The Raptors fell at home to the two-time defending champs, the Miami Heat, 104-95 on Tuesday night. The Heat shot 43.5 percent from behind the 3-point line and only committed 13 turnovers, which led to just five Raptors points. Toronto only coughed it up 15 times, but nine of those occurred in the fourth quarter.

"Those turnovers in that one stretch broke our back," acknowledged coach Dwane Casey.

DeMar DeRozan paced the Raptors with 21 points, followed by a fine game from center Jonas Valanciunas, who had 18 points and nine boards. Rudy Gay and Kyle Lowry both had 13 points and Terrance Ross contributed 11 off the bench.

The Raptors made a game of it against the Heat, but they went cold from the field with two minutes to go.

"We were only six down," Casey said. " We have to make shots late in games to stay in games."

The two squads split last season's four meetings with the home team prevailing each time. The Bobcats are 8-3 in their last 11 against Toronto, which is winless in five straight at Charlotte.

11/06 10:24:19 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
12th
DUR 2
NOR 2
 
Final
PHI 1
ATL 0
Final
DET 7
CLE 5
Final
MIN 7
TOR 0
Final
TEX 8
SEA 6
Final
SFG 1
LOS 2
8th
SDP 1
COL 3
 
6th
PIT 2
MIL 2
 
6th
WAS 0
STL 7
 
6th
TAM 1
NYY 6
 
5th
MIN 1
TOR 5
 
4th
CWS 0
BOS 0
 
3rd
HOU 0
KAN 2
 
3rd
NYR 1
PHI 1
 
1st Intermission
STL 2
CHI 3
 
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
12th
DUR 2
NOR 2