The Charlotte Bobcats came out strong on April 13 at Time Warner Cable® Arena on Fan Appreciation Night and recorded a 95-85 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. Four players scored in double figures for the Cats - Kemba Walker (21), Josh McRoberts (18), Bismack Biyombo (13), and Gerald Henderson (12). Biyombo had a double-double with 17 rebounds, tying his career high, and McRoberts flirted with a triple-double with nine rebounds and a career-high nine assists.
The Bucks started off with an early lead, but the Cats stole it back and ended the first quarter with a 24-23 lead. The teams kept it close in the second as Charlotte took a 49-44 lead at the break. The Cats then went on a 25-8 run in the third quarter and outscored Milwaukee 27-15 in the frame led by 10 points from Josh McRoberts and eight from Bismack Biyombo to give the Cats a comfortable cushion on their way to the win.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Charlotte finished shooting 46.2 percent from the floor and 44.4 percent from 3-point range… The Bucks finished shooting 39.1 percent from the field and 31.0 percent from long distance… The Cats beat the Bucks in points in the paint (38-26) and in second-chance points (15-4)… Charlotte outrebounded Milwaukee, 52-36, with four Cats – Bismack Biyombo (17), Josh McRoberts (nine), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (eight) and Jeff Adrien (seven) – brining down at least seven boards… The Bobcats defense forced 12 Bucks turnovers, had six steals and blocked five shots.
BOBCATS PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Kemba Walker was a force offensively, scoring 21 points for the Cats on 7-for-18 shooting. He scored 10 points in the first quarter to get the Cats going. Walker also grabbed four rebounds, dished out three assists and had a steal.
Josh McRoberts was the second-leading scorer for the Bobcats, nearly recording a triple-double with 18 points on 7-for-9 shooting to go with a career-high nine assists and nine rebounds.
BUCKS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Mike Dunleavey was hot off the bench for the Bucks with 19 points. He finished on 7-for-13 shooting and dished out three assists.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
"This is the best opportunity I’ve had in awhile and I’m starting to get more comfortable even though I’ve been here for a little while now. I’m kind of learning where guys like to have the ball, I’m kind of learning the offense, where things are going to go and what opportunities are there. That’s helped a lot."
- Bobcats forward Josh McRoberts on his comfort level with the Bobcats
"The biggest stat was rebounding. We were able to say to them, they better make that shot because we did a great job on the boards. We also took care of the ball better in the second half. You can also look at the assists. We were up 23. We had a hard time getting above 20 earlier in the season but Josh has brought that to our team."
- Bobcats Head Coach Mike Dunlap on tonight’s win
Bismack Biyombo had a double-double with 13 points and 17 rebounds, tying his career high… Josh McRoberts dished out nine assists, beating his career high… Kemba Walker recorded his 157th steal of the season; tying the franchise mark set by Brevin Knight (2005-06)… Ramon Sessions, Brendon Haywood, and Byron Mullens were all inactive due to injuries.
The Cats will host their last two games of the season at Time Warner Cable Arena. The Cats tip off against the Knicks at 7 p.m. on April 15, and will be playing the Cavaliers at 8 p.m. on April 17. Catch the games live on Fox SportsSouth or listen on WFNZ. Download the Bobcats mobile app or go to bobcats.com to follow the live in-game chat.