The Cats welcomed Kemba Walker back into the starting lineup after missing seven games, but it was Al Jefferson who continued his dominance on the road trip, finishing with 30 points and 13 rebounds in a 91-75 win over the Golden State Warriors, Feb. 4 in Oakland. Walker finished with seven points, seven assists and six rebounds in his return as the Cats closed their West Coast trip at 3-1.
Kemba Walker’s presence on the floor was felt immediately in the early going for Charlotte. The Cats were able to hold the offensive-minded Warriors to 33 percent (16-for-49) shooting in the first half giving Charlotte a 51-39 lead at the break. The second half featured more of the same from Golden State, who couldn’t match Charlotte’s energy. They continued to get easy looks, but couldn’t convert. Mareese Speights hit a 40-foot three-pointer as time expired in the third, giving the Warriors some life and cut the lead to 15, but too much Anthony Tolliver and Al Jefferson in the fourth ultimately put the game on ice for Charlotte.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Cats were able to be more efficient than a very talented shooting team in Golden State. Charlotte shot 47.4 percent from the field, and held Golden State to a season-low 31.2 percent (29-for-93). The Cats were also able to shoot 38.5 percent from three, highlighted by Anthony Tolliver’s perfect 4-for-4 performance from long range… Charlotte was also able to get it done on the interior as they dominated the paint, outscoring Golden State, 46-32… The Cats superb defensive effort and energy produced nine steals, for a total of 18 turnovers, which led to 15 fastbreak points.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Al Jefferson was able to bounce back from a poor showing in the Feb. 1 loss to Phoenix with a strong effort. Jefferson led all scorers with 30 points and 13 rebounds, marking his eighth 20-point, 10-rebound game in his last 10 games and 14th this season.
WARRIORS PLAYER OF THE GAME
After dropping 43 points on the Cats Dec. 9, Stephen Curry struggled to repeat that performance, but still led the Warriors again with a double-double of 17 points on 8-of-18 shooting and 11 assists.
The Cats finish their four-game road trip with a 3-1 record. Charlotte now leads the all-time series against the Warriors 10-9 and swept the season series 2-0… Al Jefferson has 16 double-doubles in his last 25 games and 22 in his last 34 contests.…Anthony Tolliver added to his career-year from beyond the arc, going 4-for-4 from long range against Golden State; he came into tonight’s game ranked eighth in the NBA in three-point field goal percentage (43.2 percent)… The Warriors put the Cats on the line 19 times, they have now attempted more free throws then their opponent in 20 of their 22 victories this season… Charlotte was able to hold Golden State to 75 points; they have held their opponent under 100 points in 32 of their 50 games this season, third-most games in the NBA…Golden State’s 31.3 percent shooting is the lowest the Cats have allowed an opponent all season.
The Cats will come home and take a couple days off before they host the San Antonio Spurs, 7:00 p.m. Feb. 8 at Time Warner Cable Arena for Buzz City Night. Listen live on WFNZ 610 am, the official Bobcats app or on bobcats.com. The game can also be seen on SportSouth and NBA League Pass.