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Bobcats clinch playoffs in 96-94 OT win over Cavs
Charlotte Bobcats' Kemba Walker, front left, knocks the ball away from Cleveland Cavaliers' Alonzo Gee (33) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
April 5, 2014, 10:33 pm

CLEVELAND (AP) Al Jefferson scored 24 points, including seven in overtime, and the Charlotte Bobcats clinched a playoff spot with a 96-94 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night.

Charlotte is in the postseason for the second time in its 10-year history and the first time since 2010. The Bobcats (39-38) are over .500 for the second time this season and hold seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

Kyrie Irving scored a career-high 44 points for Cleveland. The Cavaliers (31-47) trail eighth-place Atlanta by 3 1/2 games for the final playoff spot in the East.

Irving was 16 of 31 from the field, including five 3-pointers. He added eight assists and seven rebounds.

Gerald Henderson's basket gave Charlotte a 90-89 lead with 1:08 remaining and the Bobcats made four free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

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