Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored a team-high 16 points to go with eight rebounds as the Cats earned an 86-80 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Nov. 15 at Quicken Loans Arena. Charlotte now improves to 5-4 overall and moves to 2-0 in the season series against the Cavs. After missing Wednesday night’s game in Boston, Josh McRoberts chipped in 13 points, five rebounds and four assists.
Charlotte entered the second half trailing, 37-33, and found itself down, 53-41, in the third quarter behind a 9-0 Cavs run. From there, the Cats sparked a 19-5 run to take a 60-58 lead behind four points from Jeffery Taylor, who finished with 11 in the frame. The Cats went on to outscore the Cavs 53-43 in the second half to take the win.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The second half told the story for the Cats. Struggling on 26.3 percent (5-for-19) shooting in the first quarter, Charlotte went on to shoot 45 percent (18-for-40) and 50 percent from beyond the arc (6-for-12) as they outscored the Cavs 53-43 in the second half... Defensively, the Cats came up big in forcing nine turnovers in the second half, which they converted into 14 points... Despite not having big man Al Jefferson in the lineup (ankle), Charlotte controlled the paint, outscoring the Cavs, 34-26... Charlotte also finished with five players in double-figure scoring – Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (16), Josh McRoberts (13), Kemba Walker and Ramon Sessions (12 apiece) and Jeffery Taylor (11).
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist finished with 16 points on 6-for-9 shooting (66 percent). He was 4-for-5 from the charity stripe, added eight boards and one blocked shot in 29 minutes of play. Over the last six games, Kidd-Gilchrist is averaging 14.6 points on .627 shooting from the field (32-for-51) and .750 shooting from the free-throw line (18-for-24), to go with 6.9 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 1.4 assists. Kidd-Gilchrist has scored in double figures in five of the last six games.
CAVALIERS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Kyrie Irving finished with a game-high 18 points on 31 percent shooting (5-for-16). He also added 10 assists, two rebounds and two steals.
With the win Charlotte improved to 5-0 in games decided by 6 points or less... Ramon Sessions and Jeffery Taylor continue to be solid performers off the bench for Charlotte. Sessions led the bench in scoring with 12 points and seven assists, while Taylor chipped in 11 points. Taylor has scored in double figures for the fifth time in six games. He is averaging 10.8 points per game during the stretch... Defensively, Kemba Walker continues to be a defensive specialist, as he swiped away five steals in the win. Walker has recorded 31 games with three or more steals since the start of the 2012-13 season, which is tied for second in the NBA behind only Chris Paul’s 33.
Charlotte heads back home to host the Miami Heat at 7 p.m. Nov 15 at Time Warner Cable Arena. Then the Cats travel to Chicago to take on the Bulls at 8 p.m. on Nov. 18 in Chicago. 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.