95 - 90 Final
  for this game

Bobcats hold off Raptors

Mar 13, 2011 - 8:20 PM Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - D.J. Augustin led all scorers with 23 points, as the Charlotte Bobcats held on for a 95-90 win over the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre.

Gerald Henderson ended with 18 points, while Stephen Jackson and Boris Diaw each chipped in with 15 for the Bobcats, who have won two in a row since a six-game slide.

"Every game is important for us and we know that," Jackson said. "We're playing with a sense of urgency."

Charlotte, which halted a five-game road losing streak, shot 51.5 percent from the floor and 5-of-12 from three-point range.

Andrea Bargnani had a team-best 17 points and Leandro Barbosa had 15 off the bench for Toronto, which has dropped four of five.

"We didn't have enough guys playing well offensively," Raptors head coach Jay Triano said. "The guys who normally score for us didn't and our top free-throw shooters weren't able to do it."

The Bobcats led by five after three quarters and continued to play the front- runner throughout.

Toronto got as close as two, 84-82, after Barbosa hit a three-pointer with 6:25 remaining, but Dante Cunningham and Diaw made back-to-back baskets to put the hosts up by six with 4:44 to play.

DeMar DeRozan's dunk with 1:36 on the clock got the Raptors to within 93-90, but it wasn't enough as Henderson made a pair of free throws with a minute remaining to finish the scoring.

Augustin's two free throws in the waning seconds gave the Bobcats a 24-22 lead after 12 minutes and things went back-and-forth for the entire second quarter.

Charlotte was ahead by as many as eight with just under five minutes left before the break, but had to settle for a 50-47 heading into the locker room.

Still up by three early in the third, Charlotte used a 13-2 run to go in front by double-digits, 69-56, after Augustin hit from long range with 6:37 left in the period.

The Bobcats continued to play the front-runner throughout the quarter, but Toronto scored the last six to close within 76-71 after three.

Game Notes

The Bobcats swept the season series, winning all four games for the first time in franchise history...Reggie Evans had a game-high 17 rebounds to go with six points for Toronto, which shot 41.8 percent from the field and 4-of-17 from three-point territory...Charlotte improved to 11-22 on the road this season, while the Raptors dropped to 13-22 at home.