Charlotte fought back in the fourth but couldn’t come away with the win as the Cats lost, 98-91, to the Phoenix Suns on Nov. 22 at Time Warner Cable Arena. Gerald Henderson scored a team-high 17 points and Kemba Walker finished with 16 more. Walker also added six assists, five rebounds and one steal.
A late 26-11 surge cut a deficit that had reached as many as 21 to six, 95-89, with 1:13 left in the fourth. However, the Cats could not bring the game closer and went 1-for-3 from the charity stripe as Phoenix went on to put the game away.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
For the second-straight night Charlotte dominated the paint, outscoring the Suns, 44-26… The Suns finished with a 43.5 percent (10-for-23) to 21.4 percent (3-for-14) advantage from beyond the arc… Ball security played a huge role in this one, as Charlotte turned it over 21 times, leading to 28 Suns points. Phoenix turned it over 18 times, which the Cats turned into 17 points… Charlotte finished with four players in double-figure scoring – Gerald Henderson (17), Kemba Walker (16), Ramon Sessions (15) and Josh McRoberts (10).
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.
SUNS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Channing Frye finished with 20 points on 60 percent shooting (6-for-10), including 71 percent from beyond the arc. He also added three rebounds and two steals in 27 minutes of play.
Big man Al Jefferson returned to the lineup after missing the last four games with an ankle injury. He finished with nine points on 50 percent shooting (3-for-6) to go along with six boards, three assists, three blocks and two steals in 24 minutes of play… In the last two games, Charlotte has outscored its opponents 96-60 in the paint… Defensively, Charlotte has held their opponent under 100 points in 11of their 14 games this season, which is tied for the third most such games in the NBA.
Charlotte heads out to take on the Bucks at 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 23 in Milwaukee. 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.