Kemba Walker (21) and Al Jefferson (20) each hit the 20-point mark for the Cats as they defeated the Bucks 101-92, March 16 in Milwaukee to capture a franchise single-season record 14th road win this season. Gary Neal was big off the bench, scoring 16 of his 18 points in the second half in his first game in Milwaukee since being traded to Charlotte.
This game was very similar to the one played in Washington Mar. 13, as the Cats needed three quarters to figure things out, but Charlotte was able to close out the fourth quarter strong. The Cats clung to a four-point lead with two minutes left in the game. Kemba Walker hit a 16-foot jump shot from the left elbow to give the Cats a 96-90 lead. After a Brandon Knight miss on the other end, Gerald Henderson grabbed a big rebound and was able to find a wide open Gary Neal who connected for three, breaking the game open and sealing the win for Charlotte.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Charlotte was able to get it with a prolific shooting performance from the field. The Cats shot a season-high 57.4 percent from the field and connected on 45.0 percent of their treys as well. Charlotte is now 10-1 this season when they shoot over 50 percent from the field. In addition to their hot shooting, the Cats were able to get to the line more frequently (18 times) than the Bucks (16 times) and converted on 14 attempts for 77.8 percent. Charlotte has now attempted more free throws than their opponent in 28 of their 33 victories this season… Charlotte negated its prolific shooting with an uncharacteristic 18 turnovers. The Bucks were able to stay in the game by converting those turnovers into 20 points… Milwaukee got the best of the Charlotte in the paint outscoring them, 40-34 in the paint and 13-9 on second chance points. However, the Cats were able to control the rebounding battle 39-37 and in lead the Bucks in blocked shots 8-2.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Kemba Walker paced the Cats the entire game and was key down the stretch as well. He tied a game-high with 21 points and led all players dishing out eight assists. Walker has now recorded 20 points or more in 24 games this season.
BUCKS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Brandon Knight tied Kemba Walker for the game-high in points, as he also posted 21. Knight flirted with a triple-double as he handed out seven assists and pulled down eight boards in the loss.
The Cats recorded their fourth win in a row and have won six of their last seven overall… Charlotte recorded a season high in FG% shooting 57.4 percent. The previous high was 54.9 percent against Dallas on Feb. 11… Facing the Cats for the first time since the Feb. 20 trade, Ramon Sessions (18 points) and Jeff Adrien (12 points) each had strong performances off the bench for the Bucks… Al Jefferson scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half for the Cats. Jefferson has reached 20 or more points in 26 of his last 30 games played… The Cats also have improved to 10-2 this season when Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson each score 20 or more points… Charlotte held Milwaukee under 100 points, and have now held their opponent under that mark in 44 of their 67 games this season, third-most games in the NBA… Bucks Forward Ersan Ilyasova was a late scratch in the starting lineup with an ankle injury and was replaced by Jon Henson.
The Cats will return to Charlotte aiming to tie a franchise-record nine wins at Time Warner Cable Arena on Mar. 17 against the Atlanta Hawks. Listen live on WFNZ 610 am, the official Bobcats App presented by Walgreens or on bobcats.com. The game can also be seen on SportSouth and NBA League Pass.