Despite 11 points from Kemba Walker in the third quarter, the Bobcats couldn’t mount a comeback against the Chicago Bulls, eventually losing, 105-75, on February 22 at Time Warner Cable Arena®. Kemba Walker led the Cats with 27 points, while Bismack added 12 rebounds and three blocks.
The Bulls jumped out early in this one, outscoring the Bobcats, 24-15, in the first quarter. To open the second quarter, the Bulls went on a 16-4 run to put the Cats down by 21… Kemba Walker found some offense in the third quarter when he put up 11 points in the frame, including a six-point run of his own, but the Cats couldn’t get stops on the defensive end to mount a comeback.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Bobcats struggled offensively, shooting just 30.6 percent in the first half and 33.3 percent for the game. The Bulls on the other hand, couldn’t miss as they shot 50.6 percent from the floor and 35.7 percent from 3-point territory. The Cats did a good job of getting to the free-throw line for 35 attempts compared to the Bulls 20 attempts… The Bobcats also topped the Bulls in fast-break points, 17-10. The Bulls outdid the Cats in rebounds (46-45), points in the paint (52-34) and points off turnovers (19-7).
BOBCATS PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Bismack Biyombo had a big game for the Cats, putting up seven points on 3-for-4 shooting, while leading the team with 12 boards and three blocks, making his sixth game in a row with at least one block.
Kemba Walker led the Bobcats in scoring, finishing with a game-high 27 points, his third game straight scoring over 20 points. Walker went 9-for-17 from the floor and made all four of the Cats 3-pointers, while pulling down five rebounds, dishing out an assist and swiping one steal.
BULLS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Joakim Noah flirted with a triple-double, with 10 points on 4-for-7 shooting to go with eight rebounds and a game-high eight assists while also turning away three shots and swiping a steal.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
"Those guys just know where they are supposed to be. They help really well. They do their coverages really well. They are a really good defensive team. They communicate, they move. They play really good defense."
- Bobcats guard Kemba Walker on Chicago’s defense
"We struggled on both ends. Obviously they had a high field goal percentage, and we let that bleed into the 24 points in the first quarter that they did get and we ended up with 15. A team like Chicago doesn’t give up paint and rim easily. We reeled them back a little bit but it’s always a danger point when you’re down nine and all of a sudden they hit two threes and the next thing you know they’re away from you"
- Bobcats Head Coach Mike Dunlap on tonight's game
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist finished in double-figure scoring for the second game in a row with 10 points to go along with seven rebounds and a steal… Jeff Adrien played well offensively for the Cats with seven points on 3-for-5 shooting with two assists, a rebound and a steal… Josh McRoberts suited up for his first game as a Bobcat after being traded from Orlando before the trade deadline, but didn’t see any game action since he hasn’t had a chance to practice with the team.
The Bobcats end a three-game home stand when they take on the Denver Nuggets on February 23 at 7:00 p.m. in Time Warner Cable Arena®. Make sure you come out to support your Cats. If you can’t make it, watch the game on SportSouth or listen on WFNZ. Chat with fellow Bobcats fans by following the live in-game chat at bobcats.com or download the Bobcats app on your smartphone.