MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nazr Mohammed's dunk with 5.3 seconds left led the Charlotte Bobcats to a 93-92 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.
Minnesota outscored Charlotte 22-13 in the fourth quarter and took a three-point lead with less than a minute to play. But after Boris Diaw missed a shot with less than 10 seconds left and the Bobcats trailing by a point, Timberwolves forward Corey Brewer saved the ball under his own basket. The ball caromed off Al Jefferson and into the hands of Mohammed, who slammed the ball for the winning points.
Wayne Ellington's 30-footer bounced harmlessly off the rim at the buzzer.
Stephen Jackson tied a season high with four 3-pointers and finished with 33 points, while Mohammed had 21 points and a season-high 20 rebounds. Boris Diaw added 15 points and D.J. Augustin scored 12 in his first start of the season in place of an injured Raymond Felton.
Jefferson scored 19 points for Minnesota, while Ryan Gomes chipped in 15 points. Ramon Sessions and Ellington also finished in double figures with 13 points apiece.
Gomes scored seven of his points in the Timberwolves' fourth quarter, nearly leading the team to its largest comeback victory of the season.
Already without Felton due to a sprained right ankle, Charlotte also overcame an off-night for Gerald Wallace. The franchise's first All-Star shot just 1 for 9 and finished with five points to go with nine rebounds.
The victory put the Bobcats a game above .500 for the first time since in nearly three weeks and in sole possession of sixth place in the Eastern Conference heading into the All Star break. Charlotte has never made the playoffs in its six years in the league.
The Timberwolves fell to 2-11 in the second half of back-to-back games this season.
NOTES: Charlotte's victory was the 1,300th of Brown's NBA/ABA coaching career. He joins Lenny Wilkens (1,332) and Don Nelson (1,322) as the only head coaches to reach that mark. ... Brown has known Minnesota general manager David Kahn since Kahn worked at the Daily Bruin during Brown's three-year stint coaching UCLA from 1979-1981. Said Brown of the Timberwolves' first-year GM: "He's a special kid. He's bright, knows the game and cares about people. I think they made an unbelievable hire here. He'll get it done."