After a hard fought battle, the Bobcats could not prevail as they fell, 99-98, to the Miami Heat on December 1 at American Airlines Arena. Kemba Walker led the way for the Cats with 27 points to go along with six assists and two steals. Gerald Henderson chipped in 17 points, six rebounds and four assists in 33 minutes of play.
After taking a 48-47 lead at the half, Charlotte was able to maintain the lead most of the second half before Chris Bosh took control for Miami in the fourth quarter. Bosh converted on three straight three-point field goals as the Bobcats were outscored 38-25 in the final stanza.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Despite a slow start from the field, going 7-for-18 (38 percent) compared to the Heat 9-for-17 (52 percent) to start the first quarter, Charlotte battled its way back into the game. Charlotte went on an 18-7 run led behind seven points from Gerald Henderson to take the lead at the half, 48-47, on 42 percent (16-for-38) shooting... The biggest difference came in three-point shooting, where the Heat connected on 44.4 percent (8-for-18), while the Cats shot just 26.7 percent (4-for-15) from long range... Free throw shooting was clutch for the Cats, allowing them to stay in the game. The Cats went 24-for-28 (85.7 percent), while the Heat went 19-for-25 (76.0 percent)... Charlotte did a good job of controlling the boards, outrebounding Miami (39-34)... Both teams finished evenly with points in the paint (38-38)... Charlotte had four players score in double figures – Kemba Walker (27), Gerald Henderson (17), Al Jefferson (16) and Ramon Sessions (10).
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Kemba Walker scored a team-high 27 points on 45 percent (10-for-22) shooting. He also added six assists and two steals in 42 minutes of action. Walker has scored in double figures in 15 of his last 18 games, including seven games with 20 points or more.
HEAT PLAYER OF THE GAME
LeBron James led the way for Miami with 26 points on 61 percent (8-for-13) shooting. He also added five rebounds and four assists in 38 minutes of play.
With 16 points and 13 rebounds, Al Jefferson becomes the first Bobcats player to have two straight double-doubles this year and third since 2011-12 season. Jefferson is also coming off a season-high 23 points and 12 rebounds in Friday’s win over Milwaukee. He has scored in double figures for the fifth straight game. During the five-game stretch, he is averaging 17.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.2 blocks, while shooting .513 from the field (39-76)... The Bobcats have held their opponent under 100 points in 15 of their last 18 games this season, the third-most such games in the NBA. Entering tonight's action, the Bobcats were giving up only 91.4 points per game, which is the second-lowest average in the NBA. In addition, the Bobcats are giving up the fewest points in the paint (33.4) and third- fewest fast break points in the league (9.9).
Charlotte heads out to take on the Mavericks at 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 3 in Dallas. Join the chat via bobcats.com or listen live on WFNZ 610am or bobcats.com. The game can also be seen on FoxSportSouth and NBA League Pass.