Walker's 24 points lift Bobcats over Cavs 105-98

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 17, 2013 at 10:46 pm •  Published: April 17, 2013
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Charlotte Bobcats did not finish with the NBA's worst record.

Sure, it's not the same as winning an NBA championship, but for the Bobcats it's a step in the right direction after finishing last season 7-59.

The Bobcats defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-98 Wednesday night to match a season-high three-game win streak and finish 21-61, a game ahead of the Orlando Magic.

The Magic lost their season finale to the Miami Heat.

"You never want to be dead last, so I'm happy about that," Charlotte first-year head coach Mike Dunlap said.

The Bobcats entered Wednesday night tied with Orlando for the worst record in the league, but Kemba Walker had 24 points and seven assists and Josh McRoberts added 20 points and eight rebounds.

Dunlap said he never expected a miraculous turnaround after inheriting a team that finished with the worst winning percentage (.106) in NBA history.

Still, the Bobcats became the first team to triple their win total from the previous season.

That progress, along with the fact the Bobcats will get another high draft pick and have as much as $21 million to spend under the salary cap, leaves Dunlap excited about the team's future.

"I'm proud of the fact that we put the first brick down in the house and there's an uptick," Dunlap said. "But what I'm happier about is the feel all the way through the building. People can spend the summer and say we got better and our young guys got better."

Said Walker: "My excitement comes knowing that we finished off strong."

The Cavaliers can't say the same thing.

Kyrie Irving had 24 points and 10 assists for the Cavaliers, who finished with the third-worst record in the league (24-58) after losing 16 of their last 18 games, including their six straight to close the season.

Cavaliers coach Byron Scott's future with the team remains uncertain.

The Cavs are just 64-166 in three seasons under Scott following the departure of LeBron James.

Scott said the season has been "frustrating" because the Cavaliers "haven't had our full complement of players. It is still a growing process. I think our guys are still getting better and next year I hope that we'll be healthy."



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