Kemba Walker (24 points) and Ramon Sessions (20) led five Bobcats scoring in double figures but Charlotte’s thoughts are with rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist following a 109-95 loss on February 2 in Houston. MKG left Toyota Center on a stretcher after the back of his head hit off Jeffery Taylor’s hip in the fourth quarter and was taken to a local hospital for X-rays and observation.
Charlotte trailed 81-80 when Michael Kidd-Gilchrist collided with Jeffery Taylor as both tried to defend Toney Douglas on a drive to the basket. Following an extended delay, the Cats were able to take an 86-81 after back-to-back Ben Gordon 3-pointers. However, Charlotte didn’t have an answer for Patrick Patterson, who scored 14 of the Rockets 28 points on their way to the home win.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Bobcats outscored the Rockets in the their quarter, 26-17, but could not complete comeback. The Rockets finished shooting 51.2 percent from the floor and 35.0 percent from the 3-point territory…. The Cats scored 41.8 percent from inside the paint and 42.1 percent from the 3-point territory, outscoring the Rockets from outside the paint… The Rockets beat the Bobcats in points in the paint (58-32) and second-chance points (14-4)… The Bobcats defense forced 14 Rockets turnovers, while grabbing six steals and blocking six shots.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Kemba Walker led the Cats with 24 points on 10-for-23 shooting. He finished with three rebounds, grabbed four steals and blocked a shot.
BOBCATS TOP RESERVE
Ramon Sessions was hot off the bench for the Cats, scoring 20 points on 5-for-9 shooting. Sessions grabbed two rebounds, dished out six assists, grabbed a steal and blocked a shot.
ROCKETS PLAYER OF THE GAME
James Harden recorded his first career triple-double with 21 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.
Gerald Henderson scored 15 points, Jeffery Taylor added 15 off the bench and Ben Gordon tallied 11 more to round out the Cats double-digit scorers… Byron Mullens (ankle) was inactive.
The Bobcats tip off in Miami at 7:30 p.m. on February 4 and then take on the Cavs in Cleveland at 7 p.m. on February 6. The Bobcats will then return home on February 8 to take on the Lakers at 7 p.m.. Watch the games live on Fox SportsSouth or listen on WFNZ. Go to bobcats.com or download the Bobcats app to follow the live in-game chat.