Josh McRoberts had a career night for the Cats, scoring a career-best 24 points, including six three-pointers to go with seven rebounds and six assists but Charlotte could not hold off a Magic comeback on the way to a 110-105 overtime defeat on March 28 in Orlando. Kemba Walker added 24 points and eight assists in the loss.
Charlotte led this one most of the way before Orlando opened the fourth quarter on a 15-8 run to erase the Cats lead and tie the score at 89-89. Nikola Vucevic gave the Magic their first lead of the night, 91-89, on a jumper with 4:46 remaining in regulation and the teams knotted the score three times before quarter’s end on the way to the extra session. Kemba Walker had the chance to give the Cats the win, but his jumper at the end of regulation was off the mark, sending the game to overtime. Walker gave the Bobcats a 101-99 advantage with 2:41 remaining but it was the last time Charlotte would lead as the Magic quickly countered with a three-pointer from Jameer Nelson to but Orlando up, 102-101. The Magic outscored the Cats 8-4 the rest of the way to take the victory.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Charlotte had a balanced attack in Orlando with all five starters scoring in double-digits, including three – Josh McRoberts (24), Kemba Walker (24) and Al Jefferson (20) – with 20 points or more. Gerald Henderson finished with 14 points and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 10 more to round out Charlotte’s double-digit scorers… Both teams shot comparably from the field with Orlando holding a 44.8 percent to 44.3 percent advantage while the Cats outshot the Magic 36.4 percent to 33.3 percent from long range and 78.6 percent to 74.3 percent from the charity stripe… Orlando’s biggest advantage came in the paint, where they outrebounded Charlotte, 57-36, including 19-9 on the offensive glass leading to 20 Magic second-chance points to 14 for the Bobcats.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Josh McRoberts started the game with a three-pointer and kept rolling from there, finishing with a career-best 24 points, including a career-high six three-pointers. McRoberts also filled the stat sheet with seven rebounds, six assists and two blocked shots.
MAGIC PLAYER OF THE GAME
Nikola Vucevic was a force inside for the Magic, tallying team highs in points (24) and rebounds (23) while leading the Orlando comeback.
With 20 points, Al Jefferson has scored in double figures 60 times this season, including 38 games with 20 points or more… With 14 points, Gerald Henderson has now scored in double figures in 56 of his 68 games… Gary Neal did not play with an ankle injury… With 105 points, Charlotte is now 22-5 when it scores 100 points or more, including 13-1 at home… Cody Zeller led the Cats reserves with nine points, but the Magic’s bench outscored Charlotte, 36-13.
The Cats return home to take on the Washington Wizards at 7 p.m. on March 31 at Time Warner Cable Arena. Listen live on WFNZ 610 am, the official Bobcats App presented by Walgreens or on bobcats.com. The game can also be seen on SportSouth and NBA League Pass.