After a big win the previous night in New York, the Cats came home for their second set of back-to-backs in this young season to take on Toronto and prevailed, 92-90, behind a season-high 23 points from Gerald Henderson.
After going into halftime knotted up at 53-53, the teams started the third quarter trading the lead back and forth. It was the Cats who got the upper hand though and put an 11-0 run together to turn a 62-57 deficit into a 68-62 lead… Charlotte kept the lead the rest of the way and was able to secure the two-point victory and move to 3-2 overall with its second win in a row.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Nine players got minutes for the Cats with four players scoring in double digits (Gerald Henderson, 23; Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, 14; Josh McRoberts, 13; and Jeffery Taylor, 13). Taylor was the only reserve to score in double digits. He also added three rebounds and one assist in 28:04 minutes… Bismack Biyombo had another strong outing on the glass, as he pulled down 11 rebounds (a game and season high) while playing a game-high 39:49 minutes… Kemba Walker fought through the pain of a shoulder contusion he suffered against the Knicks and although his scoring was down, he still showcased his game with a season-high seven dimes and four rebounds – none more important then the final rebound to stop the Raptors chances of tying the ball game.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Gerald Henderson had his best game of the season. He followed up his 18-point performance in New York with 23 points, going 10-for-17 from the field (58.8 percent)… He also shot 75.0 percent from the foul line and added three rebounds, four assists and two steals in 34:14 minutes.
RAPTORS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Rudy Gay led all Raptors with 20 points in 36:31 minutes. Gay also chipped in with five boards, two assists and one blocked shot.
The Cats started fast and cruised to an early eight-point lead in just over five minutes of play. By the time the first quarter had ended, the Cats had pushed that early lead to 14 points and finished the first stanza with the score 30-14. The fast start was thanks mostly to the play of Henderson, who scored 12 points in the opening quarter… The second quarter saw the Raptors battle back and outscore the Cats, 35-21, led by Tyler Hansbrough’s nine points… The Cats showed their determination during a hard fought third quarter, which saw four lead changes and two ties. Charlotte won the quarter, 23-17, and went to the fourth holding a six-point edge. The final period saw the Cats build the lead to as many as nine points, but the Raptors didn’t go away and outscored the Cats by four in the quarter… The Bobcats have now also improved to 5-0 in their last five home games and have won a franchise-best, six-straight at home against the Raptors.
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