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Sessions helps lift Bobcats over Bucks 102-98

Associated Press Modified: November 19, 2012 at 9:46 pm •  Published: November 19, 2012

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, but this year's team looks nothing like last year's — playing hard, physical basketball under new coach Mike Dunlap.

Charlotte came into the game in the top 10 in the NBA both in steals and blocks, one of only three teams with that distinction.

"The one they're doing is really playing hard," Dunleavy said. "They compete every night and they're not going to roll over. When you do that in this league you're going to win more than seven games. They're going to blow that mark away this year obviously. They're headed in the right direction."

Still Dalembert said the Bucks missed a golden opportunity to get a win.

"No disrespect to Charlotte, but those are the games that we should be winning," Dalembert said.

But Bucks coach Scott Skiles said it's tough to win in the NBA when you're not focused.

"I don't want to short-change their win. They deserved to win the game," Skiles said. "... But our whole approach tonight was not good. We had great difficulty remembering plays and we were just mentally kind of out of it."

The Bobcats shot 53.5 percent from the field in the first half to take a 55-54 lead at the break.

Walker was on fire early, hitting 6 of 6 shots from the field in a 15-point first half, marking the ninth straight game he's reached double digits.

Charlotte is now 4-0 on games decided by four points or less.

"There's nothing like a win to give us confidence to put another page in the blueprint on how to close games out," Dunlap said. "We've had a lot of close games and won most of them. So that's a good sign for a young team."

NOTES: The Bobcats announced before the game that F Tyrus Thomas is expected to miss approximately two months with a torn muscle in his lower left leg. An MRI revealed a second-degree strain of his left calf muscle and a tear of the plantaris muscle, a smaller muscle that assists the calf in flexing the ankle. ... Charlotte's Ben Gordon left the game in the second half with a right knee contusion. ... Dunleavy had a season-high four blocked shots for the Bucks.