The Bobcats dropped a close contest to the Atlanta Hawks, 101-91, on November 23 at Time Warner Cable Arena®. The Cats were led by 22 points from Ramon Sessions off the bench to go with Kemba Walker’s 16 points and nine assists.
The Bobcats proved once again how tenacious they are after fighting their way back from double-digit deficits five times… During the second quarter the Hawks went on a 16-6 run, but the Cats battled back and got it to a four-point game on a Jeffery Taylor layup to start the third quarter… The Hawks went on another run and got their largest lead of 15 with four minutes to play in the second half… The Bobcats made it a four-point game after a couple of buckets by Ramon Sessions and Kemba Walker… The Cats cut the lead to six with less than 1:30 to play, but couldn’t connect on their last few shot attempts to close the gap.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The shooting percentages in this contest were lopsided with the Bobcats shooting 37.3 percent from the field to the Hawks 53.8 percent… The Hawks dominated down low, scoring 50 points in the paint and outrebounding the Cats, 41-36… The Bobcats continue to protect the ball, turning it over only 15 times while forcing the Hawks to commit a season-high-tying 22 turnovers… The Cats did a lot of damage at the free-throw line again tonight, scoring 21 points with the clock stopped.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
After scoring 10 points against the Bucks and 11 points against the Raptors this week, Rookie Jeffery Taylor had 16 points to set his third-straight career high in scoring. Taylor put forth a great effort shooting 4-for-6 from behind the arc and grabbing three steals.
BOBCATS TOP RESERVE
Ramon Sessions led the Bobcats in scoring with 22 points, tied for his second-highest points total this season and the fourth time he’s scored 20+ points this season. He has reached double-figure scoring in all 11 games. Coming off the bench, Sessions had four assists, four rebounds, two steals and didn’t turn the ball over.
HAWKS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Al Horford scored a game-high 26 points on 13-for-17 shooting. The Hawks center dominated the paint, grabbing 13 rebounds and blocking three shots.
Kemba Walker scored 16 points and has been in double figures all 11 games. Walker also dished out nine assists, grabbed four boards and had two steals… Michael Kidd-Gilchrist put up a solid defensive performance, setting a career-high with four blocks and also managing two steals to go with 11 points and seven rebounds. He has scored in double digits in eight of the last nine games… Byron Mullens had 12 points and led the team in both rebounds (eight) and steals (six)… Bismack Biyombo left the game early after going for a loose ball and suffering from a left leg contusion but the x-ray was negative.
The Cats head to Washington to take on the Wizards at 7 p.m. on November 24 in Washington. You can catch the game on SportSouth or listen on WFNZ. Make sure you follow the live in-game chat at bobcats.com or download the Bobcats app on your smartphone.