Kemba Walker scored 26 points and dished out eight assists, but it wasn’t enough as the Cats fell to the Sixers in the second game of a back-to-back, 95-92, on Jan. 15 in Philadelphia. Al Jefferson added 24 points and eight rebounds.
In a back-and-forth affair down the stretch, the game was decided in the final seconds. Kemba Walker kept the Cats in it late when he came off an Al Jefferson screen and hit a jumper from the right elbow to tie the game at 92. Following a timeout, Michael Carter-Williams drew Walker and Josh McRoberts into the lane and found Thaddeus Young on the wing, where he converted the 25-foot three-pointer to give the Sixers a 95-92 lead with 3.2 seconds remaining. After a Bobcats timeout, McRoberts inbounded to Walker for a look in the left corner, but Walker’s shot from long range came up short as time expired.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Cats allowed the Sixers to convert 50.6 percent (39-of-77) of their shots from the field, while Charlotte shot 39.6 percent (35-of-88) … The Cats turned the Sixers over 24 times, but were only able to capitalize with 25 points… The Sixers were able to outrebound the Cats, 50-43… Charlotte converted 25.0 percent (5-for-20) of its threes, while the Sixers connected on 45.0 percent (6-for-15)… Charlotte finished with four players in double figures – Kemba Walker (26), Al Jefferson (24), Ramon Sessions (11) and Josh McRoberts (10)… Gerald Henderson struggled from the field and chipped in eight points on just 2-for-14 shooting (14 percent).
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Kemba Walker finished with 26 points on 55.6 percent (9-for-21) shooting from the field. He also filled the stat sheet with eight assists, five rebounds and two steals. Walker scored in double-figures for the 28th time this season.
76ERS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Evan Turner carried much of the scoring load in the second half for the Sixers, scoring 17 of his 23 points in that period. Turner also corralled seven rebounds and added four assists in 36 minutes of action.
The Sixers extended their win streak at home to six against Charlotte…The Cats are now 3-8 in the second of back-to-back games this season…The Bobcats held the Sixers to 95 points, holding their opponent under 100 points for the second-straight game and the 27th time this season … Anthony Tolliver tied Raymond Felton’s franchise record with nine consecutive three-point makes. Tolliver missed his next five three-point attempts, snapping the streak... Al Jefferson finished in double figures for the 25th time in his last 27 games… Jeff Adrien saw nine-plus minutes of action after playing just 14 minutes the past 14 games…Nine of the Bobcats 15 victories this season have been decided by six points or less. The Bobcats have recorded the third-most in the NBA in games decided by six points or less.
The Cats continue their two-game road trip at 7 p.m. on Jan. 17 in Orlando. Listen live on WFNZ 610 am, the official Bobcats app or on bobcats.com. The game can also be seen on FoxSportSouth and NBA League Pass.