Kidd-Gilchrist helps Charlotte top Cleveland 86-80


Charlotte Bobcats' Josh McRoberts (11) drives past Cleveland Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson (13), from Canada, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)


CLEVELAND — Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 16 points and the Charlotte Bobcats used a strong fourth quarter to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 86-80 tonight.

The Bobcats outscored the Cavaliers 29-22 in the final period to win for only the second time in 16 games at Quicken Loans Arena.

Kidd-Gilchrist had eight points in the fourth, including a three-point play that gave Charlotte an 81-70 lead with 6:08 remaining. Ramon Sessions and Kemba Walker hit 3-pointers and Cody Zeller added a three-point play to spark the Bobcats’ run. Charlotte had five players score in double figures.

Kyrie Irving, wearing a mask to protect a nasal fracture, had 18 points and 10 assists for Cleveland, which lost for the first time in four games at home.