Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Sessions Leads Rally; Bobcats above .500 Charlotte Guard Hits Two Late Fts to Seal Victory

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Sessions Leads Rally; Bobcats above .500 Charlotte Guard Hits Two Late Fts to Seal Victory

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Ramon Sessions wanted another chance to prove he had some ice left in his veins. He got that chance Monday night and took advantage of it.

Sessions scored nine of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, including two free throws with 4.2 seconds left to seal the game, and the Charlotte Bobcats beat the Milwaukee Bucks, 102-98.

The Bobcats trailed by 11 in the fourth but battled back, going 16 of 16 from the free-throw line down the stretch.

Sessions' two free throws came after Monta Ellis missed a 3- point attempt with 5.9 seconds remaining, sending the Bucks to their first road loss of the season and lifting the surprising Bobcats (5- 4) back above .500.

Sessions was 10 of 10 from the foul line and the Bobcats shot 90 percent (27 of 30) for the game.

Sessions missed two key free throws last week against Minnesota in the game's final seconds and the Bobcats needed a jumper from Kemba Walker with 0.7 seconds left to pull off an 89-87 win.

"When I missed those two I wanted the chance to redeem myself," Sessions said. "It's one of those things that comes around and I had to take advantage of it."

Walker and Byron Mullens each scored 19 points for the Bobcats, while rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist turned in another solid effort with 15 points and nine rebounds.

Ellis scored 31 points for the Bucks (6-3). Mike Dunleavy scored 16 points and Brandon Jennings was held to 10 points on 5-of-18 shooting.

Charlotte is coming off the worst season in NBA history, finishing 7-59 while losing their final 23 games. It took the Bobcats 36 games last season before they won their fifth game.

Other games

* Hawks 81, Magic 72: Al Horford scored 15 points and Lou Williams added 14 to lead host Atlanta past Orlando. Zaza Pachulia pulled down 10 rebounds in a reserve role for Atlanta, which has won two in a row and three of four. Glen Davis was the only player to score in double figures with 11 points for the Magic.

* Pacers 96, Wizards 89: There were boos early and at the end for winless Washington, which dropped to a franchise-worst 0-9 with a loss to visiting Indiana. …

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