Squandering a healthy lead is nothing new to the Charlotte Bobcats -- hanging onto one is.
Kemba Walker had 18 points and eight rebounds, and the Bobcats ended an 18-game losing streak with a 91-81 win over the Chicago Bulls on Monday in Chicago.
Gerald Henderson added 16 points and reserve Ben Gordon had 15 to help Charlotte snap the second-longest skid in team history. It was the Bobcats' first win in their last 10 road games.
"We're a desperate team right now," Henderson said. "This losing streak has been very tough on us."
Luol Deng scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Chicago. Carlos Boozer also had a double-double with 19 points and 14 boards.
Charlotte fended off several rallies by the Bulls, who never held a lead, to win for the first time since Nov. 24.
Tied at 65 heading into the fourth quarter, Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap decided to try something different.
"I put the playbook in the freezer and just let our guys go at them," he said.
The Bulls had chipped away at a 12-point deficit in the third quarter, eventually tying the game on Richard Hamilton's second-chance jumper with 39 seconds left, but Chicago went ice-cold from the field in the
Chicago (16-13) shot 35.1 percent overall and hit just four of 16 3-point attempts.
Charlotte led by as many as 21 in the first half Saturday against New Orleans, eventually losing 98-95.
Charlotte avoided posting a 0-16 calendar month for the second time in 2012.
Thunder 114, Suns 96: Kevin Durant scored 30 points, and Oklahoma City extended its home-court winning streak to 12 games. The Thunder won on New Year's Eve for the fifth straight year since the franchise moved from Seattle. Luis Scola scored 24 points to lead the Suns, who dropped their sixth straight and fell to the Thunder for the seventh straight time.
Spurs 104, Nets 73: Tony Parker had 20 points, and host San Antonio held Brooklyn to five points in the third quarter, the Nets' first loss under interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo. MarShon Brooks had a season-high 16 points to lead the Nets. Joe Johnson added 12 points and Brook Lopez had 11. San Antonio set a franchise low for fewest points by an opponent in the third quarter when it held Brooklyn to 10 percent shooting (2 for 20).
Rockets 123, Hawks 104: James Harden had 28 points, Jeremy Lin added 16 and eight assists, and host Houston rebounded from its worst loss of the season.
Heat 112, Magic 110: LeBron James had 36 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds, and Chris Bosh scored 22 points to help Miami slip past visiting Orlando in overtime. James hit two free throws that clinched the game with 1.5 seconds left.
Kings: Guard Tyreke Evans is getting a second opinion on his sore left knee. Evans did not travel with the Kings to Detroit, where they begin a four-game trip Tuesday.