Kemba Walker scored a season-high 31 points to help lead the Cats to a 95-91 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Nov. 20 at Time Warner Cable Arena, snapping an eight-game losing streak against Brooklyn and moving Charlotte to 6-6 overall. Gerald Henderson and Ramon Sessions both contributed 13 points apiece. Henderson also added five assists, two rebounds and two steals.
After taking a 53-50 lead at the half, Charlotte opened the second half on a 15-4 run led by six points from Bismack Biyombo… Brooklyn came storming back, outscoring the Cats 21-12 in the fourth. Andray Blatche’s lay-up with 12.1 seconds left in the fourth brought Brooklyn to within 93-91, but Kemba Walker was able to put the game away, knocking down two free-throws.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Charlotte got off to a blistering start, shooting 11-for-18 (61 percent) from the floor to take the lead in the first, 30-29, and finished the game 36-for-81 (44 percent)… With big man Al Jefferson out (Ankle), the Cats still dominated the paint with a season-high 52 boards to the Nets 34… Defensively, Charlotte played with aggressive efforts, forcing 13 second-half turnovers and 18 total, which the Cats converted into 17 points… Charlotte had five players score eight-or-more points – Kemba Walker (31), Gerald Henderson (13), Ramon Sessions (13), Bismack Biyombo (9) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (8).
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Playing in his 160th career regular season game, Kemba Walker led the Bobcats with a season-high 31 points, while shooting 60 percent (12-for-20) from the field, including 57 percent (4-for-7) from beyond the arc in 35 minutes of play. He added five rebounds, two assists and one steal.
NETS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Andray Blatche came off the bench and led the Nets in scoring with 25 points on 78 percent (11-for-14) shooting from the field. He also added seven rebounds and two assists.
Entering tonight’s action, the Bobcats were giving up only 92.9 points per game, which is the fourth least in the NBA. Last season, the team allowed 102.7 points per contest, ranking 29th in the league… Charlotte has held its opponents under 100 points in nine of its 12 games this season, ranking them in the top three in the NBA… Kemba Walker has scored in double figures in nine of 12 games this season, including five games with 20 points or more. Walker scored 22 points on Nov. 16 against Miami. Dating back to last season, Walker has scored in double figures in 32 of his last 36 games, including 15 games with 20 or more points.
The Cats stay in Charlotte to take on the Suns at 7 p.m. on Nov. 22 at Time Warner Cable Arena. Join the chat via bobcats.com or listen live on WFNZ 610am, the official Bobcats app or on bobcats.com. The game can also be seen on FoxSportSouth and NBA League Pass.