Kemba Walker scored a team-high 22 points but it wasn’t enough as the Bobcats fell, 97-81, to the defending champion Miami Heat on Nov. 16 at Time Warner Cable Arena. Jeffery Taylor added 13 points off the bench to go along with seven rebounds, one assist and one steal.
A steal and driving lay-up by Michael Kidd-Gilchrist pulled the Cats within 68-62 with 11:32 left in the fourth quarter. However, Miami sparked a 12-2 run led by six points from Chris Anderson to take an 89-74 lead and put the game away.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Despite a slow start from the field in the first, 6-for-25 (24 percent) compared to the Heat’s 7-for-15 (46 percent), Charlotte was able to keep themselves in the game bringing Miami’s 16 point lead to four (45-41) at the half. But Charlotte had trouble cooling down a scorching Heat offense that finished 20-for-37 (54 percent) in the second half and 35-for-69 (50 Percent) for the game… With big man Al Jefferson out (ankle), Miami held the advantage in the paint with 40 points compared to the Cats 28… Charlotte had four players scoring in double figures – Kemba Walker (22), Jeffery Taylor (14), Gerald Henderson (13) and Ramon Sessions (11).
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Kemba Walker led the Bobcats in scoring with a team-high 22 points on 38 percent (7-for-18) shooting, including 60 percent (3-for-5) from beyond the arc. He also added three rebounds, two assists and one steal in 33 minutes of play.
HEAT PLAYER OF THE GAME
It was no surprise that LeBron James led his team in scoring with a game-high 30 points on 72 percent (13-for-18) shooting from the floor. He also added four rebounds, seven assists, one steal and a block shot.
Finishing with 22 points, Kemba Walker has scored in double figures for the seventh time this season. Walker has now scored 20-or-more points for the fourth time this season… Josh McRoberts tied his career high with nine assists in the matchup. He also added six points, seven rebounds and one steal… Jeffery Taylor continues to give his team strong minutes off the bench finishing with 14 points. Taylor scored in double figures for the sixth time in the last seven games.
The Cats now 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, the official Bobcats app or on bobcats.com. The game can also be seen on FoxSportSouth and NBA League Pass.