Kemba Walker scored 15 of his team-high 31 points in the fourth quarter to help lead the Cats to a 115-111 win over the Golden State Warriors on December 9 at Time Warner Cable Arena. On the night of his 26th birthday, Gerald Henderson finished with a season-high 24 points.
The Cats got off to a quick start, gaining an 11-4 lead in the first and only saw the lead get pushed to tie once in the game… After taking the 53-41 lead at the half, Golden State battled its way back into the game behind 32 second-half points from Stephen Curry. A tip in by David Lee with 3.3 seconds left cut the Bobcats lead to, 113-111, with 3.3 seconds remaining, but two clutch free-throws from Kemba Walker put the game away as he scored the Cats final 15 points of the game.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Charlotte had one of its best defensive halves of the season in the first half, holding the Warriors to 34.9 percent shooting (15-for-43) from the floor and 8.0 percent (1-for-12) from long range to take a 53-41 lead… Bench scoring was key for the Cats. Led by 13 points from Ramon Sessions, Charlotte reserves outscored Golden State’s, 32-10… The Bobcats turned 15 Warriors turnovers into 21 points. In contrast, Golden State turned the Cats over only seven times for four points… The Cats also did a good job of getting to the charity stripe with 29 times and connecting on 23 to the Warriors 22 attempts, of which they converted 18… Charlotte connected on 50.0 percent (6-for-12) of its treys, while the Warriors hit on 29.7 percent (11-for-37)… Charlotte finished with six players in double figures – Kemba Walker (31), Gerald Henderson (24), Ramon Sessions (13), Ben Gordon (12), Al Jefferson (11) and Josh McRoberts (11).
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Kemba Walker finished with 31 points on 55.6 percent (10-for-18) shooting. He also chipped in five rebounds and five assists in 37 minutes. Walker has scored in double figures for the 10th consecutive game and 17th time this season.
WARRIORS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Stephen Curry led the way for the Warriors with a season-high 43 points on 43.8 percent (14-for-32) shooting. He also added nine assists and six rebounds in 45 minutes of play.
Henderson scored in double figures for the 12th consecutive game and 19th time this season. He scored 20-or-more points for the third time this season… Josh McRoberts recorded his first double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds. He also chipped in six assists, one steal and one block. McRoberts has had eight games this season with at least five rebounds and five assists, which is fifth most in the NBA, trailing only Chris Paul (12), LeBron James (12), Ricky Rubio (10) and Kevin Love (8). McRoberts grabbed a season-high nine rebounds on Nov. 23 at Milwaukee and handed out a career-high-tying nine assists on Nov. 16 against Miami. He is averaging 8.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists over his last 14 games, including a season-high 19 points on Nov. 11 against Atlanta… Al Jefferson finished with 11 points and nine rebounds, ending his four-game, double-double streak… The Cats run of holding their opponent under 100 points ended at 13 games.
The Bobcats remain home to take on the Orlando Magic in Wednesday Night Basketball at 7 p.m. on December 11 at Time Warner Cable Arena. Make sure you come out to support your Cats. If you can’t make it, watch the game on SportSouth or listen on WFNZ. Follow the live in-game chat at bobcats.com or download the Bobcats app on your smartphone.