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Jackson moves to verge of T-induced suspension

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Strangely enough, had Bobcats guard Stephen Jackson not finished Saturday's victory over the Knicks, it would have been about his technical fouls, not his gimpy left hamstring.

Jackson played Saturday, contributing 19 point and seven rebounds, after sitting out Friday's upset of the Celtics in Boston. But Jackson picked up his 15th technical foul Saturday, leaving him one more T away from an automatic one-game suspension.

Jackson became enraged late in the game, feeling New York's Carmelo Anthony was allowed to constantly hack him. Jackson was so out of control that coach Paul Silas took him aside for a long and animated lecture during a timeout with about three minutes left.

"I depend on him. Having said that, he has to leave the referees alone. It just destroys your concentration," Silas said postgame. "It's up to him to understand how important he is to us. We're not very good without him."

Following their back-to-back victories, the Bobcats are back in the race for the eighth playoff spot -- a game behind the Pacers and a game ahead of the Bucks. They'll play three of their next four at home, and all three of those home opponents -- the Bucks, Cavaliers and Wizards -- are beatable.

But only if Jackson stays on the court.

BOBCATS 114, KNICKS 106: The offensively limited Bobcats took advantage of the Knicks' poor defense and apparent lack of organization in a six-game losing streak. When the Bobcats can generate 64 points in a half and shoot 47 percent for that game, you know they're facing a team that can't guard.

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