Kemba Walker (21 points, 10 assists) and Al Jefferson (19 points, 11 rebounds) each turned in double-doubles as the Cats erased a 16-point, second-half deficit to defeat the Washington Wizards, 100-94, on March 31 at Time Warner Cable Arena. Chris Douglas-Roberts was key down the stretch with 18 points off the bench.
The Cats held an early 37-30 edge over Washington in the second quarter, but from there the Wizards went on a 30-7 run to close the half, leading by 14. At one point during the run, Washington hit 10-consecutive shots including five threes. However, the Cats wouldn’t go away as they clawed their way back into the game. With 3:30 remaining in the fourth, Al Jefferson missed an eight-foot jump hook only to grab his own miss and sink the putback, giving Charlotte a 93-92 advantage. The Cats didn’t surrender the lead from that point on, finishing the game on a 19-4 run.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The reason the Cats faced such a big deficit was by allowing Washington to shoot well, while Charlotte struggled to convert. The Wizards shot 48.1 percent from the field and an impressive 52.9 percent from three, while the Cats converted on 43.6 percent overall and an abysmal 14.3 percent from downtown… Free-throw shooting also keyed Charlotte’s comeback, as the team reached the stripe 34 times, converting on 29 of their attempts (85.3 percent). In comparison, Washington shot just 13 free throws, making nine (69.2 percent). The Cats have now shot more free throws than their opponent in 30 of their 36 victories this season… Charlotte was also able to gain an edge in the post and hustle categories. The Cats outrebounded the Wizards, 48-37 (15 of them offensive), outscored them 48-46 in the paint, and outhustled their way to 22 second-chance points to Washington’s 11… Led by Chris Douglas-Roberts and Cody Zeller, the Cats bench played a major role in the win and outscored the opposing bench 46-43.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Despite going 0-of-10 from three, Kemba Walker notched his seventh double-double of the season, posting a game-high 21 points, 10 assists and five rebounds. Walker has now scored 20 points or more in five-straight games and for the seventh time in the last eight contests.
WIZARDS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Bradley Beal stepped up as All-Star John Wall struggled, scoring a team-high 20 points on 8-of-12 from the field, including five assists and two boards.
The Cats have taken the season-series lead, 2-1, over the Wizards. They will take on Washington for the final time this season on Apr. 9…. Cody Zeller scored a career-high 15 points. Zeller also added eight rebounds as he played meaningful minutes during the Cats comeback... Chris Douglas-Roberts had one of his best performances as a member of the Bobcats. Douglas-Roberts scored 18 points off the bench and has now scored in double-figures in 10 of his last 15 games. Along with Zeller, CDR was an integral part of Charlotte’s comeback effort… Al Jefferson recorded his 34th double-double this season. Jefferson now has five double-doubles in his last seven games… After scoring 100 points, Charlotte is now 23-5 when they score 100 points or more, including 14-1 at home… The Cats were also able to hold the Wizards to 94 points, they have now kept their opponent under 100 in 48 of their 74 games this season… Gary Neal (nine points) returned to action for Charlotte after missing the last two games with a sprained left ankle.
The Cats will try to build on their thrilling win as they travel to Philadelphia to battle a struggling 76ers team on April 2. 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.