The Bobcats grabbed their sixth win in eight games and became the fastest NBA team to reach their previous season’s win total with a nail-biting 108-106 double-overtime victory on November 24 in Washington. Byron Mullens (season-high 27 points) and Ramon Sessions (21) combined for 48 points as the Cats moved to 7-5.
Charlotte tied a season high with 12 makes from beyond the arc, but none may have been bigger than its final trey. Trailing 103-101 with 1:18 remaining in double overtime and Ben Gordon, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Jeffery Taylor all having fouled out, Reggie Williams took a feed from Kemba Walker and knocked down his only bucket of the game – a 3-pointer from the right side that put the Cats up 104-103. Charlotte never trailed again and hit four crucial free throws down the stretch to take the road win.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Defense again ruled the day for Charlotte as it forced 20 Washington turnovers and converted those to 24 points. The Cats also swiped 12 steals, led by four from Ramon Sessions… The Bobcats shot 42.9 percent (12-for-28) from 3-point range, paced by five from Byron Mullens and four from Ben Gordon… Kemba Walker was the lone Cats starter to connect on less than 50.0 percent of his shots, going 3-for-17 (17.6 percent). He made up for it in other areas with a game-high eight assists to go with seven rebounds and two steals while turning it over just twice in 47 minutes… Washington held a 53-40 advantage in rebounding, including 18-5 on the offensive glass.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Reggie Williams almost got our Player of the Game nod with just three points in eight minutes, but Byron Mullens’ performance could not be ignored. Mullens finished with a season-high 27 points, eight rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal.
BOBCATS TOP RESERVE
Ramon Sessions name is about to get etched here, as he again led the Bobcats in scoring off the bench with 21 points the fifth time he’s scored 20+ points this season. He has reached double-figure scoring in all 12 games. Sessions went 9-for-11 from the charity stripe and tacked on five rebounds, four steals and three assists.
WIZARDS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Martell Webster came off the bench to lead Washington with 21 points to go with four rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block as the Wizards bench outscored the Cats by 23 points.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
“We are trying to go from the losing-est organization in NBA history to an establishment where people have to respect us. I don’t know anything about wins, but I do know about respect. What we are trying to do is not only have people fly into Charlotte and leave their best players behind, but also when we are moving out on the road is have people know that what we put out on the floor is a good product. We have good players. Overtime, we have to prove that with our play, and this is another mark on our wall for us.”
- Head Coach Mike Dunlap on the Bobcats
“We’ve learned that we’re a team that has to get wins like this. You got to fight hard. You have to play hard every night. That’s what we do; different guys just step up. Tonight it was Reggie (Williams) who stepped up and hit a big shot. The pace of my game has changed. I’m just trying to take whatever the defense gives me. Whether it’s me scoring, or finding my teammates, I think I’m doing a great job so far.”
- Bobcats Guard Kemba Walker on learning from last season
The Bobcats are now 6-0 in games decided by four points or less this season… Charlotte had six players – Byron Mullens (27 points), Ramon Sessions (21), Ben Gordon (19), Kemba Walker (12), Jeffery Taylor (12) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (10) – score in double digits. Four of the Cats starters hit that mark, while Bradley Beal (13) was the only Wizards starter to score in double figures… The Bobcats recorded their seventh win of last season on March 17, 2012… Three Cats fouled out in this one, with rookies MKG and Taylor getting their sixth fouls before the second overtime and Ben Gordon fouling out 18 seconds into double OT… Gerald Henderson (foot), Tyrus Thomas (calf) and Bismack Biyombo (leg) missed the game with their respective injuries.
The Cats head to Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder at 8 p.m. on November 26. 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.