Kemba Walker scored a team-high 24 points and backcourt mate Gerald Henderson added 20 more as Charlotte knocked off Sacramento, 95-87, on Dec. 17 at Time Warner Cable Arena. Ramon Sessions contributed 16 points and dished out six assists off the bench.
Offensively, the Bobcats found a nice rhythm early on in the first quarter, connecting on 60.9 percent (14-for-23) of their shots from the floor, compared to the Kings 40.0 percent (8-for-20) to build a 35-22 lead. Led behind 11 second-half points from Isaiah Thomas, the Kings brought themselves within two, 80-78, with 8:83 left in the fourth, but Charlotte rattled off an 11-1 run led behind four points from Al Jefferson that would put the game away.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Cats got the win by outshooting Sacramento 44.9 percent (35-for-78) to 37.5 percent (30-for-80) from the field and 47.1 percent (8-for-17) to 26.7 percent (4-for-15) from three-point range… Charlotte did a solid job defensively in the fourth quarter, holding the Kings to only 25.0 percent (5-for-20) shooting, compared to the Cats 43.8 percent (7-for-16)… The Bobcats defended the paint finishing with six blocks to the Kings four, led by two blocks apiece from Gerald Henderson and Bismack Biyombo… Both teams finished evenly on the boards, 42-42, but the Kings held the advantage in the paint where the outscored the Cats, 40-36… Charlotte finished with four players in double-figure scoring – Kemba Walker (24), Gerald Henderson (20), Ramon Sessions (16) and Al Jefferson (10).
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Kemba Walker scored a team-high 24 points on 53.8 percent shooting (7-for-13) and added five assists. Walker has now scored in double figures in 22 of 25 contests this season, including 10 games with 20 points or more.
KINGS PLAYER OF THE GAME
DeMarcus Cousins scored a game-high 30 points, connecting on 69.2 percent (9-for-13) shooting. He also grabbed 17 rebounds, dished out eight assists and swiped three steals.
After holding the Kings to 87 points, Charlotte held its opponents under 100 points for the 21st time this season, which is the most in the NBA. The Bobcats have held their opponent under 100 points in 21 of their 25 games this season, the most such games in the NBA. Prior to the game against Golden State on December 9, the Bobcats held 13 straight opponents under 100 points, which tied the second-longest streak in franchise history… With 20 points, Gerald Henderson scored in double figures for the 16th consecutive game and 23rd time this season… The Bobcats are averaging 25.9 free throw attempts per game and have attempted more free throws then their opponent in 16 of their 24 contests this season.
The Cats now travel to take on the Raptors at 7 p.m. on Dec. 18 in Toronto. Listen live on WFNZ 610am, the official Bobcats app or on bobcats.com. The game can also be seen on SportSouth and NBA League Pass.