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Saturday, April 5th (All times Eastern)

Charlotte Bobcats (38-38) at Cleveland Cavaliers (31-46), 7:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - Al Jefferson and the Charlotte Bobcats look to inch closer to a postseason spot when they pay a visit to the Cleveland Cavaliers Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena.

Charlotte is seventh in the Eastern Conference -- two games behind Washington and 5 1/2 in front of New York. The Knicks are in the ninth spot and have five games left on the season. The Bobcats have six.

The Bobcats made the playoffs once in franchise history back in 2009-10 (0-4) and will start a three-game road trip Saturday against Cleveland, Washington and Boston. They have a 15-22 record away from home and kept their winning ways intact with Friday's 91-80 victory over the Orlando Magic.

Jefferson poured in 29 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead the way and Kemba Walker ended with 13 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds.

"It feels good," Walker said of the triple-double. "I played a complete game. I'm excited that we got the win. We're at .500 now and we're playing some good basketball. I hope we can keep it up."

Anthony Tolliver scored 13 points off the bench for Charlotte, which has won three straight and 11 of the last 16 games.

Jefferson is averaging 23.6 points and 11.4 rebounds in his last 13 games, and is the only player in the Eastern Conference posting at least 20.0 points and 10.0 rebounds this season.

Charlotte is 25-5 when scoring 100 or more points and fifth in the NBA in opponents' scoring (97.2 ppg). Opponents are shooting just 44.3 percent against the Bobcats' much-improved defense.

The Cavaliers have five games remaining on the schedule and are three games behind Atlanta for the eighth spot in the East. New York sits one game off the final postseason berth in the conference.

Cleveland had won two in a row and five of six games until Friday's 117-98 defeat at the hands of the playoff-hungry Hawks. Dion Waiters scored 23 points and Spencer Hawes had 16 points, 10 rebounds, six steals and four assists for the Cavs, who allowed Atlanta to shoot 59 percent from the field and make 13- of-29 3-pointers.

"You have to give Atlanta credit. They kicked our behind from the beginning to the end," said Cavs coach Mike Brown.

Kyrie Irving and Luol Deng scored 13 points apiece in defeat.

The Cavs will play two straight and four of the last five games at home and have a 17-20 mark as the host.

Charlotte is 3-0 against Cleveland this season and has never swept a season series against the Cavs. Cleveland is 22-12 all-time against the Bobcats, who are only 2-14 in 16 all-time trips to the Forest City.

04/05 10:30:47 ET

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EILL 40
 
2nd
NCSU 45
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PIT 1
CAR 2
 
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GSW 63
 
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UF 6
UNC 22
 
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CHI 109
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CHA 65
GSW 63
 
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TOR 32
DAL 40
 
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DET 43
MIL 47
 
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ATL 39
NOP 28
 
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HOU 19
LAC 15
 
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OKC 25
NYK 10
 
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IND 20
ORL 18
 
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NILL 31
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HOU 35
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NEB 37
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UCF 16
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MARS 66
WKENT 67
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KSU 27
AKR 24
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BGU 24
BST 41
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UMASS 21
BUF 41
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TOL 52
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ARK 14
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SALABAMA 40
NAVY 42
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ARZ 42
ARST 35
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AFA 27
COLST 24
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UCLA 10
STAN 31
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VT 0
UVA 0
 
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ECU
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NCCU 65
EILL 40
 
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KU 82
TENN 67
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TEXAM 87
NO 65
 
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NCAT 57
RAD 65
 
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BUT 64
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PVU 71
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RIU 66
SCU 44
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NARZ 70
SOUTH 63
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DART 68
MAST 67
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WRST 59
FIU 61
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UTEP 77
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JMU 56
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LAM 59
 
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MVSU 66
 
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MIZST 55
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PSU 88
 
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YALE 66
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UGA 62
MINN 66
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WISC 69
OKLA 56
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Terriers 70
NORST 72
 
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PEAY 62
STEPH 83
 
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FSU 58
CSOU 47
 
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VALPO 66
DRAK 46
 
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CIN 69
MTST 51
 
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SDU 75
PRIN 65
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WASU 76
RICE 74
 
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CSFU 64
USCU 79
 
2nd
GT 63
RIDE 46
 
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TXPA 57
ALAST 73
 
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NCSU 45
BSU 40
 
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TCU 35
BRAD 28
 
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WAKE 50
DELST 56
 
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HART 70
EMERSON 36
 
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STJ 37
GONZ 47
 
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CLEM 42
HIGH 38
 
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HC 37
 
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MON 36
 
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SALA 44
 
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VANDY 43
 
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TENST 24
 
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CLST 19
 
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HOF 24
 
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MEM 17
 
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UNC 22
 
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SELA 23
 
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PHI 0
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CHI 4
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WAS 5
NYI 2
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PIT 1
CAR 2
 
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NJD 4
DET 2
 
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BUF 1
MON 0
 
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CLB 0
VAN 0
 
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BOS 0
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OTT 1
 
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