Bucks 99, Bobcats 91

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Earl Boykins scored 30 points and Andrew Bogut added a career-high 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead the banged-up Milwaukee Bucks over the Charlotte Bobcats 99-91 Monday afternoon.

The Bucks, minus four starters, snapped a five-game losing streak behind the 5-foot-5 Boykins, acquired from Denver last week.

Boykins’ 3-pointer with 4 minutes left snapped a tie and put Milwaukee ahead to stay. His shot in the lane with 1:46 left gave the Bucks a 94-88 lead.

Matt Carroll scored 22 points, all but two in the first half for Charlotte. Emeka Okafor added 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Bobcats, who were trying to match a franchise record with their fourth straight win.

But Charlotte was done in by poor shooting. The Bobcats made only 40 percent, with Raymond Felton and Adam Morrison combining to shoot 9-for-30.

Charlotte started the third quarter by missing six of its first seven shots – two of them air balls – and committing four turnovers in Milwaukee’s 13-2 run. Charlie Bell’s fadeaway gave the Bucks a 65-53 lead.

The Bobcats went back in front thanks to a 12-0 run. Okafor, who sat out the final four minutes of the third quarter, made a shot in the lane to put Charlotte ahead 80-76 with 9:22 left.

But the Bobcats managed only 17 fourth-quarter points as they fell to 0-8 against Milwaukee and failed to match their best win streak, set at the end of last season.

Bogut had his 11th double-double of the season at halftime as the Bucks took a 52-51 lead. The Bobcats stayed in it behind Carroll, who made 5-of-7 3-pointers in the first half, but didn’t take another shot until midway through the fourth quarter, his last of the game.

The Bucks again played without four starters and none appear close to returning. Leading scorer Michael Redd is likely out at least another month with a knee injury, while Mo Williams (shoulder) and Charlie Villanueva (shoulder) remain sidelined. Bobby Simmons (foot) is already lost for the season.

But Boykins, who added six rebounds and four assists, got the Bucks’ offense moving with his quickness, either drawing fouls or feeding Bogut, who shot a career-best 12-for-15.

Notes: It marked the third straight year the Bobcats played a home matinee on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Charlotte’s Bob Johnson, the league’s first black majority owner, sat courtside. Minority owner Michael Jordan sat in a suite. … Bobcats F Gerald Wallace is still experiencing pain in his right shoulder and missed his sixth straight game. … The Bucks expect Saturday’s postponed game with the Hornets to be made up in March.

AP-ES-01-15-07 1550EST

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