Knight, Bobcats Keep Raptors Reeling
Charlotte 94, Toronto 88
TORONTO, April 9 (Ticker) -- Brevin Knight came up huge late and the Charlotte Bobcats came away with a road win.
Knight collected 19 points -- six in the final minute -- and 10 assists as the Bobcats handed the Toronto Raptors an eighth straight defeat, 94-88.
The game was tied, 86-86, before Knight scored on a driving layup with 42 seconds left. Wallace then stole a pass from Mike James and missed a layup, but Jones scored on a follow shot to open a four-point cushion with 32 seconds left.
"(Wallace) made a play on the ball," James said. "They were trapping me, they wouldn't let me get the ball over halfcourt and I knew I only had 17 seconds, so I was forced into making a play.
"I'm not trying to make excuses about making plays, but it's hard when you don't have help in the backcourt to pass it to. (Wallace) isn't leading the NBA in steals for nothing."
Raptors coach Sam Mitchell was disappointed by his team's play down the stretch.
"You just have to keep going over it," Mitchell said. "Last I checked, they had no pills, so you just have to keep going over it. That's all you can do."
After James missed a 3-pointer, Toronto rookie Charlie Villanueva grabbed the rebound but Knight swiped the ball, was fouled and made two free throws for a 92-86 lead with 22 seconds to go.
"I've been around for a while and the guys know when it gets later in the game that I'll step up and be as aggressive as I need to be," Knight said. "Tonight it was just making a basket and then getting in a rhythm shooting free throws, so I wanted the ball in my hands towards the end."
James recorded 32 points and 10 assists for the Raptors, who were outrebounded, 44-35, en route to suffering their fifth straight home loss.