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Walker scores 31, Bobcats hold off Grizzlies

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, -- Kemba Walker scored 31 points as the Charlotte Bobcats won for the fourth time in five nights, defeating the Memphis Grizzlies 92-89 in the NBA on Saturday.

In other games around the league, Kevin Love had 37 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for his first career triple-double to help Minnesota cruise past Utah 121-104, Golden State held off Brooklyn 93-86 for its third straight victory since the All-Star break, and Atlanta ended an eight-game losing streak by beating New York 107-98.

Charlotte is 4-0 since the All-Star break, marking its longest winning streak since March 2011.

The Bobcats used an 18-3 run in the fourth quarter to break open a tight game and then held on down the stretch with Walker making four free throws in the final 25 seconds to end Memphis' four-game win streak.

The Bobcats won despite the Grizzlies holding Al Jefferson to just six points on 2-of-13 shooting. Jefferson came in having scored 29 points or more in eight of his last 11 games and at least 20 points in 17 of the last 19.

Minnesota was playing without starters Nikola Pekovic (ankle) and Kevin Martin (finger), but Love filled the void, keeping one step ahead of the Jazz through the game.

Love was 6 of 10 from beyond the arc and committed just one turnover. He is averaging more than 33 points and 15 rebounds over his last nine games.

Ricky Rubio had 15 points, and Corey Brewer and Chase Budinger scored 13 apiece as the Wolves won their third straight game.

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In this photo taken by Brock Williams-Smith and provided by NBAE via Getty Images/AFP, Kemba Walker #15 of the Charlotte Bobcats drives against the Memphis Grizzlies at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina on Saturday, Feb. 22. (AFP)

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