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Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Kemba Walker flirted with a triple-double, scoring 25 points while dishing out 10 assists and grabbing nine rebounds to help Charlotte escape with a 111-110 overtime victory over the Milwaukee Bucks at Time Warner Cable Arena. The UConn product scored seven of the 10 Charlotte points in the extra period. Al Jefferson tallied a season-high 26 points with nine rebounds for the Bobcats, who have won four of their last five contests. The Bobcats were up 109-108 when Walker missed a shot from the elbow to give the ball back to Milwaukee with 25 seconds left. The Bucks struggled to find an open shot out of the timeout before Khris Middleton missed a contested mid-range jumper. Walker stepped to the line with 1.6 ticks left in overtime and sank both free throws to put Charlotte up 111-108. Milwaukee thought that they tied the game after Middleton took a cross-court inbound pass in the corner and nailed the shot, but his foot was on the line and Charlotte escaped with a win. Brandon Knight registered a double-double with 26 points and 14 assists while Khris Middleton scored 19 points for the Bucks, who have yet to win consecutive games this season.

Final Score: Detroit 115, Cleveland 92

Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Josh Smith scored 25 points, Brandon Jennings added 21 with 13 assists and the Detroit Pistons cruised past the Cleveland Cavaliers for the seventh straight time, 115-92, on Monday. Andre Drummond chipped in with 14 points and 11 rebounds while Greg Monroe added 11 and 11 for the Pistons, who were coming off double-digit home losses to the Bobcats and Rockets. Kyrie Irving's 21 points and seven assists as well as Tristan Thompson's 17 points and six boards went for naught for Cleveland.

Final Score: New York 103, Orlando 98

Orlando, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Iman Shumpert relentlessly hustled back on defense as Glen Davis rumbled down the floor in transition with a clear path to the basket. As Davis was about to go up for the layup, Shumpert knocked the ball away. With Carmelo Anthony exiting earlier in the third and the New York Knicks clinging on to a seemingly insurmountable lead at one point, it was just the play they needed. Anthony netted 19 points before leaving with a left ankle sprain and the Knicks edged the Orlando Magic, 103-98, on Monday night. New York led by 24 at the half and by as many as 25, but a Jameer Nelson layup pulled the Magic within 97-93 with 1:24 left. Davis then stole a pass from Beno Udrih, but Shumpert chased him down from behind. Davis then missed a jumper and Udrih hit six foul shots down the stretch to seal the outcome for the Knicks. Anthony left midway through the third quarter after he twisted his ankle on Nik Vucevic's foot following an offensive rebound attempt. J.R. Smith had 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Tyson Chandler scored 10 points to go with 13 boards for New York, which has alternated wins and losses over its last eight tilts. They've beaten the Magic eight straight times. Raymond Felton returned following a six-game absence due to a left hamstring injury, but he exited Monday's contest with a right groin strain. Arron Afflalo led Orlando with 26 points and Davis chipped in 20. The Magic have dropped 11 of their last 13 games.

Final Score: Indiana 103, Brooklyn 86

Brooklyn, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Paul George and Lance Stephenson each scored 26 points on a combined 20-of-35 shooting to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 103-86 win over the Brooklyn Nets from Barclays Center. Stephenson, who recorded his league-leading third triple-double in Sunday's 106-79 win over Boston, added seven rebounds and five assists. David West and George Hill contributed 13 and 10, respectively, for Indiana, which has won three in a row on the heels of a two-game skid. Joe Johnson paced Brooklyn, losers in three straight, with 17 points, while Kevin Garnett added 12 on 3-for-10 shooting. Deron Williams netted nine points with eight assists in the setback.

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