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Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Ramon Sessions scored 23 points and Al Jefferson deposited a 22-point, 19-rebound double-double as the Charlotte Bobcats beat the Toronto Raptors 100-95 from Time Warner Cable Arena.

Gerald Henderson netted 16 points, while Josh McRoberts and Jannero Pargo each contributed 11 points for the Bobcats, who defeated Toronto for the seventh straight time in Charlotte.

DeMar DeRozan tallied 25 points and Kyle Lowry scored 21 for Toronto, which last beat the Bobcats in Charlotte on March 29, 2010. Greivis Vasquez had 15 points off the bench and Chuck Hayes added 12 with 13 rebounds in a reserve role.

"We started out really slow," said Lowry. "That second unit ... that's why we have 15 guys. They did an unbelievable job. All the credit goes to them today."

McRoberts knocked down a 3-pointer with 8 1/2 minutes left in the third to begin a 12-0 surge that pushed the lead to a game-high 30, 71-41. Toronto ended the final 4:25 of the quarter on a 17-7 run to cut the deficit to 78-60 heading into the fourth.

The Raptors stormed back in the fourth quarter with a 22-7 run that Steve Novak opened with a trey and DeRozan capped it with a layup to pull Toronto within 91-88.

Sessions answered with a layup at 1:37, but Hayes tipped in his own miss on the next Toronto possession and Lowry followed with a jumper and was fouled by Jefferson in the process.

With Toronto down one, Lowry stepped to the line and his free throw rimmed out with 25.9 seconds left.

Henderson and Sessions combined to go 7-for-8 from the charity stripe in the final 24 seconds as the Bobcats held on.

"That's the thing about the NBA, if a team gets going it's hard to stop them, and they got it going in the fourth quarter," said Sessions. "But we had a cushion enough where we were able to keep the lead."

Charlotte jumped all over Toronto early with Henderson and Jefferson making back-to-back dunks to give the Bobcats a 17-7 lead just shy of the five-minute mark of the first. The lead would grow to 26-11 after one as Jefferson personally ended the quarter on a 6-0 sprint.

The Raptors looked lethargic in the early going after taking a heartbreaking 112-106 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday in which they led by as many as 19.

Toronto fell behind by as many as 22 in the second quarter on Monday and trailed 55-36 at the break.

Game Notes

Toronto's bench outscored Charlotte's reserves 44-23 ... Toronto outrebounded Charlotte 51-40 ... Charlotte made 9-of-16 (56.3 percent) 3-pointers ... Toronto outscored Charlotte 28-0 in second chance points.

01/20 18:25:05 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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