Gerald Henderson led the Bobcats with a season-high 30 points while Kemba Walker poured in 29 more, but the Cats couldn’t end the Bulls five-game winning streak, eventually losing, 103-97, on January 11 in the United Center.
The Cats opened the third quarter shooting 2-for-10 from the field and were down by 15 after a driving lay up by Carlos Boozer. The Cats battled back and ended the frame on a 16-4 run to tie the game at 70-70… Charlotte saw its only lead early in the fourth quarter at 73-72 when Ramon Sessions dished an alley-oop to Josh McRoberts on a breakaway dunk. After that play, the Bulls rattled off 11 unanswered points and held off the Bobcats rally down the stretch.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
It was a high scoring game for two teams priding themselves on defense. The Bobcats finished shooting 46.8 percent (37-for-79), above the 42.4 percent the Bulls are allowing opponents to shoot for the season. Charlotte was nearly perfect from the charity stripe, going 19-20 (95.0 percent). Chicago finished the game shooting 46.9 percent (38-for-81) from the field, including 42.9 percent (6-for-14) from long range… The Bulls had the advantage in rebounds (46-34), points in the paint (46-42), second chance points (23-7) and bench points (43-9).
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Despite suffering from a sprained joint in his left hand, Kemba Walker fueled the Bobcats comeback, scoring 15 points in the third quarter. On the game, Walker had 29 points on 10-for-20 shooting while grabbing six rebounds, dishing out five assists and swiping one steal.
BULLS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Joakim Noah finished with a double-double, scoring 19 points on 7-for-12 shooting and pulling down 14 boards. Noah also added four assists and a game-high-tying three blocks.
Walker finished with 29 points, making it the 16th time this season he’s scored 20-plus points… Henderson finished with a season-high 30 points on 10-for-16 shooting while contributing three rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block… After having two consecutive games of single-digit scoring, Al Jefferson finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds, his 14th double-double of the season… This was the second time this season all of the Bobcats captains (Walker, Henderson and Jefferson) finished with 20-plus points in a game… Jimmy Butler did not play for the Bulls.
Make sure you come out to support your Bobcats as they return home to take on the New York Knicks at 7 p.m. on January 14 at Time Warner Cable Arena. If you can’t make it, you can listen to the game by logging on to bobcats.com, by downloading the official Bobcats app on your smartphone or by tuning in to WFNZ 610am. The game can also be seen on Fox SportSouth or NBA League Pass.