The Bobcats had five players score in double figures as they faced the Pistons at Time Warner Cable Arena® on February 20 but could not complete the comeback in the fourth quarter, falling 105-99. Kemba Walker led the Cats with 24 points, followed by Ramon Sessions (18), Byron Mullens (15), Gerald Henderson (13 and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (11).
The Bobcats rallied to take a 56-55 lead at the end of the first half but could not maintain their lead in the second half. It was a back-and-forth contest with eight lead changes in the third, but the Pistons held a 77-76 lead with 12 minutes to play. After seeing the Pistons lead grow to as many as nine in the final frame, the Cats cut the lead to one point on three separate occasions but could not take back the lead.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Bobcats finished shooting 40.4 percent from the floor and 44.0 percent from long distance. The Pistons finished the game shooting 49.4 percent from the floor and 47.1 percent from the 3-point territory… The Pistons beat the Bobcats in points in the paint (50-34), but the Bobcats beat the Pistons in second-chance points (18-7)… Charlotte’s defense forced nine Detroit turnovers, while grabbing three steals and blocking nine shots.
BOBCATS PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Kemba Walker led Charlotte with 24 points on 8-for-19 shooting, including four 3-pointers. He finished with four rebounds, dished out three assists and blocked two shots.
BOBCATS TOP RESERVE
Ramon Sessions stayed hot off the bench for the Cats with 18 points, including 11 in the first quarter. He finished 6-for-11 from the field and grabbed six rebounds, dished out eight assists and had two steals.
PISTONS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Brandon Knight was the leading scorer for the Pistons with 21 points. He grabbed three rebounds, dished out five assists and had a steal.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
"That’s the niche of the NBA. We got a good win last night, but it’s a new game and a new team. We came out and played hard, but it’s one of those things that we just have to finish games a little better than we did tonight."
- Bobcats guard Ramon Sessions on tonight's game
"The difference was points in the paint. We lost the third quarter by minus one and the fourth by minus five. It came down to a couple of pivotal plays. They made them and we didn’t."
- Bobcats Head Coach Mike Dunlap on tonight's game
Kemba Walker (24), Ramon Sessions (18), Byron Mullens (15), Gerald Henderson (13), and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (11) all finished scoring in double digits for the Cats. This was the ninth-straight game Henderson has scored in double figures… Brandon Knight (21) led the Pacers in points.
The Bobcats continue hosting their next two games against the Bulls and the Nuggets at Time Warner Cable Arena®. The Cats tip off against Chicago at 7 p.m. on February 22, and take on Denver at 7 p.m. on February 23. Watch the games live on Fox SportsSouth or listen on WFNZ. Download the Bobcats app for your smart phone or go to bobcats.com to follow the live in-game chat.