Byron Mullens scored 19 points and Kemba Walker added 17 as the Bobcats took the Clippers - one of the top teams in the West - to the limit before falling 100-94 in Wednesday Night Basketball on December 12 at Time Warner Cable Arena®.
The game was tied 21-21 after Kemba Walker drained a 3-pointer near the end of the first quarter… The Clippers went on a 19-9 run late to match their largest lead of the game at 10. In a physical contest, the Clippers maintained a mostly single-digits lead for majority of the game… The Bobcats cut the deficit to three with six minutes left in the fourth quarter on a couple of Gerald Henderson free throws… Every time Charlotte got close, the Clippers found a way to break the momentum. Clippers forward Matt Barnes drained all three of his 3-pointers during the fourth quarter, including a 26-footer with less than three minutes to play to extend the lead back to nine.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Bobcats defense showed signs of maturity against one of the league’s best offensive teams. The Cats held the Clippers to 39.0 percent shooting in the second half… The story of the game came down to the Clippers grabbing 17 offensive boards they converted to 21 second-chance points… Blake Griffin scored 19 points, mostly on dunks, to help give the Clippers the 50-40 advantage in points in the paint.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
In his sophomore season, Kemba Walker continues to put up big numbers for the Bobcats. He scored 17 points to accompany a team-high six assists, while grabbing one rebound, swiping a steal and blocking a shot.
Byron Mullens lead the Bobcats in scoring with 19 points on 8-for-15 shooting from the floor and 2-for-4 from 3-point territory. Mullens also grabbed eight rebounds, had two assists and a block.
CLIPPERS PLAYER OF THE GAME
In his return to North Carolina, former Winston Salem-native, Chris Paul had an impressive outing. Paul notched a double-double, tying for team-high 19 points and dishing out 10 assists.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
"We are staying together as a team. We have to stay together. I know wins are going to come. I don’t know if it’s going to be tomorrow, but as long as we are working hard, wins are going to come."
- Bobcats Forward Bismack Biyombo on remaining positive
"It was just a good game of good basketball plays, sound defense on both sides of the ball, and there were three times that there was a three and we couldn’t get the defensive board, but we got great stops. Offensively, coming down the stretch we had some turnovers and again that’s our Achilles. We have to learn how to be down three or five and execute in those situations. The problem with wisdom is that it comes with a heavy price at times, and for us it’s just a matter of positioning ourselves with an explosive team. If they get 22 points in the fourth quarter, that means you’re working really hard to keep them down, because they can walk away from you with the click of the finger and they didn’t."
- Bobcats Head Coach Mike Dunlap on tonight’s performance
Rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist got a chance to play in front of his former college coach, John Calipari, who was in town to watch his former players MKG and the Clippers Eric Beldsoe face off. Kidd-Gilchrist finished with 11 points, eight boards, two assists and a block… Bismack Biyombo was one rebound short of his first double-double this season. Biyombo had 10 points and nine boards in season-high 39 minutes…. Gerald Henderson (12) and Ramon Sessions (11) also contributed double-digit scoring efforts for the Bobcats… Tyrus Thomas (calf) was inactive.
The Bobcats have a quick turnaround when they travel to take on the Atlanta Hawks at 7:30 p.m. on December 13. Head to Ten Park Lane on Montford Drive for the Bobcats Watch Party where you can also see the Making of the 2012-13 Lady Cats Calendar show. If you can’t make it out, watch the game on SportSouth or listen on WFNZ. Follow the live in-game chat at bobcats.com or download the app on your smartphone.