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Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Kemba Walker filled the stat sheet with 22 
points,  eight  assists and seven rebounds  to lead the Charlotte Bobcats to a 
91-86 overtime victory over the Chicago Bulls in the regular season finale for 
both teams. 

Walker  poured  in eight points in  the extra frame, surpassing the six points 
that Chicago scored, while the Bulls shot 2-for-10 from the field in overtime. 

Chris  Douglas-Roberts  netted 13  -- 12  of which  came in  the fourth -- and 
Gerald  Henderson had  11 points and six rebounds for the Bobcats (43-39), who 
earned  the  seventh seed  and will  face the  two-time defending NBA champion 
Miami Heat in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Al Jefferson 
had 10 points and 18 rebounds. 

"I   think  this  is   the  type  of  game  that  we  needed  going  into  the 
playoffs,"  said  Jefferson. "That's a playoff  team and that's a playoff game 
that we played tonight. That's the way the playoffs are going to be, no matter 
who we play." 

Charlotte  won 11 of  13 to close out the regular season, however, the Bobcats 
have  lost 16 straight regular season matchups against Miami, who they'll face 
for the first time ever in the playoffs. 

D.J.  Augustin  netted 17, and  Carlos Boozer and  Joakim Noah added 14 points 
apiece,  with  11 and  13 rebounds,  respectively, for  the Bulls (48-34), who 
took the No. 4 seed and will face the Washington Wizards in the first round of 
the playoffs, starting Sunday night. 

"We  gave it everything  we had and there's no regrets in that and now like my 
boy Mike Dunleavy said, 'This is the fruit of our labor, now we'll have fun in 
the playoffs,'" said Noah. 

Jimmy Butler and Mike Dunleavy added 12 points apiece in defeat. The Bulls won 
8-of-10 to end their regular season. 

Walker  opened  the scoring in  overtime with a  pair from the charity stripe. 
Following three misses from the Bulls, Henderson nailed a 13-footer to put the 
Bobcats ahead, 84-80, with 2 1/2 minutes left to play. 

After  another  Chicago miss, Dunleavy  split a pair  from the line and Walker 
answered with six straight points before the Bulls made their first field goal 
of the extra frame with 31 seconds remaining. Douglas-Roberts went 1-of-2 from 
the line before Augustin knocked down a trey to round out the scoring. 

With  the game  tied at  80, the  Bobcats  had a  chance to  take the  victory 
following  a Taj  Gibson miss with 21.9  seconds on the clock. Walker held for 
the  last shot,  however, he  couldn't connect  on a  step-back jumper  at the 
buzzer. 

The Bulls  led, 60-59, to start  the final 12 minutes of regulation. Augustin 
hit  3-pointer with  5:42 left  to  give the Bulls a,  75-70, lead.  Douglas- 
Roberts,  however, scored  the next five to  knot the score with 3 1/2 left in 
the fourth. 

Kirk  Hinrich then nailed a triple from the corner to put Chicago ahead three, 
however,  a  Henderson slam brought  Charlotte within one. Augustin staked the 
Bulls a 3-point lead after knocking down a jumper with 2 1/2 on the clock. 

Chicago  missed three shots through the final two minutes and the Bobcats went 
3-for-4 from the foul line to send the game into overtime. 

The  third  quarter saw neither team  lead by more than five points, featuring 
four  ties and three lead changes. Chicago made 36.8 percent (7-for-19) of its 
shots  in the  period, compared to the Bobcats making 25 percent (5-for-20) of 
their field goals. 

Earlier,  in  the second frame  the teams  traded scores until halfway through 
when  Charlotte  went on  a 22-8 tear  to close out  the half. Walker provided 
eight  points on the run to help the Bobcats take a 43-39 lead into the locker 
room. 

The  first quarter  went back-and-forth, with three ties and two lead changes. 
Chicago held the largest margin of eight points and took a 21-16 edge into the 
second. 

                                   Game Notes 

Charlotte  has now won 14 of 15 at home ... The Bobcats outscored the Bulls by 
a  margin of 42-28 inside the paint ... Charlotte grabbed 53 rebounds compared 
to 44 by Chicago. 

 
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