CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kemba Walker said the most notable transformation between this year's Charlotte Bobcats and teams of the past is now they expect to win games.
"That's what it is," Walker said. "We go into games knowing that we have a chance. We have the players and we have the character. That's the difference."
The Bobcats went 28-120 in their previous two seasons, but a renewed sense of confidence and determination is paying off.
Well, that and a having a big man who can dominate in the low post.
Center Al Jefferson had a season-high 26 points, Walker nearly had a triple double and the Bobcats overcame an 18-point deficit to escape with a 111-110 overtime over the Milwaukee Bucks for their fourth victory in the past five games Monday night.
Walker had 25 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, and Anthony Tolliver had 12 points on four 3-pointers as the Bobcats avenged a hard-to-swallow loss at home Saturday night against the Utah Jazz.
Rookie Cody Zeller added a career-high 12 points for the Bobcats (14-15) in what coach Steve Clifford called his best NBA game.
Jefferson told Walker this summer that he was signing as a free agent with the Bobcats because he expected to win games.
He didn't want to play for a cellar dweller.
"I told him I'm not going to get used to losing," Jefferson said. "We want to try to turn things around. So far, so good."
It's the third time in the last four games the Bobcats have come back from at least 16 points down to win.
"We don't like getting down that early, but it happens," Walker said. "We are showing our resiliency. We are showing that when we get down, we're not out. We're going to keep fighting. The game is never over, especially in this league."
Brandon Knight had 26 points and 14 assists to lead the Bucks (6-22), who have lost five of their last six games.
The Bucks had a chance to tie in overtime off an inbounds play with 1.6 seconds left, but officials ruled Khris Middleton's foot was on the line and his jumper counted as two points instead of three.
"I didn't know where I was," said Middleton, who had 19 points. "It was a good play and a good shot, but obviously my foot was on the line. Anybody wants that situation. I just caught it and shot it."
It was Charlotte's third victory this season against Milwaukee, although this one was much closer than the previous two.