Kemba Walker led the Cats with 28 points and dished out five assists but it wasn’t enough the Cats to get their second win over the Boston Celtics this season in a 96-86 loss on Nov. 25 at Time Warner Cable Arena. Gerald Henderson chipped in 20 points in 36 minutes of play.
Charlotte managed to keep the game close through the third quarter and entered the fourth quarter trailing, 68-66. However the Celtics opened the quarter with a 9-0 run led by four points from Kris Humphries to push the lead to, 77-66, and the Cats would not recover.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Bench scoring was key for the Celtics. Led by 17 points from Gerald Wallace, Boston’s reserves outscored Charlotte’s, 39-15… The Bobcats outshot the Celtics 44.6 percent (33-for-74) to 43.8 percent (35-for-80) from the field, but Boston did their real damage from long range. Boston connected on 45.0 percent (9-for-20) of its treys, while the Cats hit on 33.3 percent (3-for-9)… The two teams were close in turnovers, but it was the Cats who took better advantage of Boston’s miscues. Charlotte turned 12 Celtics turnovers into 19 points, while Boston scored 17 points off 17 Bobcats turnovers… Boston held the advantaged in the paint with 34 points to the Cats 32… Charlotte also saw nine players in action tonight with three finishing in double figures – Kemba Walker (28), Gerlad Henderson (20) and Al Jefferson (14).
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Gerald Henderson led the Bobcats with 17 points on 50 percent shooting (6-for-12). He also added four rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block. With 17 points, Henderson scored in double figures for the fifth-consecutive game and 12th time this season.
CELTICS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Jordan Crawford led the Celtics in scoring with 21 points on 45 percent shooting (5-for-11), including 66 percent (4-for-6) from long range. He also added four rebounds and five assists.
Entering tonight’s action, the Bobcats were giving up only 91.6 points per game, which is the third-lowest average in the NBA. Last season, the team allowed 102.7 points per contest, ranking 29th in the league… After holding Boston to only 96 points, the Bobcats have held their opponent under 100 points in 12 of their 15 games this season, which is tied for the third most such games in the NBA… Gerald Henderson scored in double figures for the sixth consecutive game and 13th time this season.
Charlotte will play host to the Indiana Pacers at 7 p.m. on Nov. 27 at Time Warner Cable Arena. 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.