With Al Jefferson kept in check (six points, nine rebounds), Kemba Walker led the charge for Charlotte with 31 points as the Cats won their fourth-straight game, 92-89, against the Memphis Grizzlies on Feb. 22 at Time Warner Cable Arena. Josh McRoberts was the next-highest scorer for the Cats with 12 points in the victory.
The Cardiac Cats saw the game go down to the very end for the second-straight night. With a 90-89 lead, the Grizzlies sent Kemba Walker to the free throw line with 10.7 ticks left on the clock. Walker would sink both attempts pushing the lead to three. Coming out of a timeout, Mike Conley missed a 30-foot three-pointer for Memphis, which was rebounded by Courtney Lee. He kicked it back out to Conley for another attempt from long range, but it rimmed out as time expired, giving the Cats another close victory.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The key to Charlotte’s success over Memphis was its efficiency from long range and its ability to get to the free throw line frequently. The Cats shot 8-for-20 from downtown (40.0 percent), while the Grizzlies struggled from three, shooting 4-of-15 (26.7 percent). Charlotte got to the free throw line 27 times, compared to 22 for Memphis and converted 24 of their attempts (88.9 percent). Free-throw frequency has been a key to the Cats success, as 25 of their 27 victories have come when they shoot more free throws then their opponent. Charlotte’s persistence on the offensive glass was also key in the victory, as they led Memphis in second-chance points 22-10. The Grizzlies also felt the Cats pressure on defense, turning the ball over 15 times, which Charlotte capitalized on for 20 points.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Kemba Walker put the Cats on his back scoring a game-high 31 points (10-10 FT), corralling eight rebounds and handing out five assists. It is Walker’s fifth game this season with at least 30 points and Charlotte is 7-2 all-time when Walker does scores as much.
GRIZZLIES PLAYER OF THE GAME
Mike Conley led the way for Memphis with a team-high 16 points on 6-of-16 shooting. Conley also added five rebounds and five assists in 32 minutes of action for the Grizzlies in a losing effort.
Charlotte reached its first four-game winning streak of the season, its first since March 25-30, 2011. The Cats notched their 15th home win this season, tying their total of home wins from last season… Charlotte improves to 6-2 this season against Western Conference foes… Al Jefferson was held to six points, which is tied for his lowest this season (Jan. 7 vs. Washington)… Anthony Tolliver hit clutch threes in the second-half for Charlotte, finishing 3-of-5 from long range. Tolliver was ranked sixth in the NBA in 3FG% (.440) coming into the game… 14 of the 27 Bobcat wins this season have been decided by six points of less. The Bobcats have the most wins in the NBA decided by six points or fewer this season… Charlotte snapped its streak of eight-straight losses in the second game of a back-to-back.
Charlotte will try to extend its win streak against the Spurs to start a three-game road trip, Feb. 28 in San Antonio. Listen live on WFNZ 610 am, the official Bobcats app or on bobcats.com. The game can also be seen on SportSouth and NBA League Pass.