Gerald Henderson scored a season-high 27 points and Kemba Walker added 19 but it wasn't enough as the Cats fell, 97-83, to the Wizards on Jan. 7 in Charlotte.
When Cody Zeller hit a 21-foot jumper with 1:18 left in the first half, the Cats seemed poised to take a lead into the break. However, behind six points from John Wall, the Wizards went on a 7-0 run to close the half and take a 43-39 lead. After a Chris Douglas-Roberts three-pointer cut Washington’s lead to 47-45 at 9:31 of the third, the Wizards heated up again and used a 17-0 run to put the game out of reach, 64-45 with 4:17 remaining in the third. Trevor Booker scored eight points in the run for Washington and John Wall added seven more, including a three-pointer from near half court with the shot clock expiring.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Cats held one of the league’s best three-point shooting teams to 29.4 percent (5-for-17) from beyond the arc. Charlotte connected on 37.5 percent (6-for-16) of its shots from long range… Charlotte found itself trailing in nearly every defensive category at game’s end. The Cats were outrebounded, 46-38, turned it over 13 times to the Wizards seven, gave up 17 points on turnovers to Washington’s four, had eight shots blocked while turning away just one, and had three steals to the Wizards seven… After setting a new season high in field goal shooting (.542) on Sacramento on Jan. 4, the Cats were outshot 43.1 percent (31-for-72) to 47.1 percent (40-for-85) against the Wizards.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Gerald Henderson carried the Cats with a season-high 27 points on 10-for-19 shooting. He added seven rebounds and one assist in 35 minutes.
WIZARDS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Marcin Gortat led the way for the Wizards inside, finishing with his 11th double-double of the season (18 points, 13 rebounds) and adding three blocked shots.
Three Cats finished scoring in double digits, led by Gerald Henderson’s 27 and followed by Kemba Walker (19) and Ramon Sessions (10). Walker has scored in double figures in 32 of 36 contests this season, including 15 games with 20 points or more… Al Jefferson’s streak of scoring in double figures ended at 22-straight games as he finished with six points on 3-for-9 shooting. He hauled in a team-high 10 rebounds for his 14th double-digit rebounding game of the season… The Bobcats entered the game giving up only 95.8 points per game, the third-lowest average in the NBA. Last season, the team allowed 102.7 points, ranking 29th in the league… The Bobcats have now held their opponent under 100 points in 25 of their 36 games this season, the second-most such games in the NBA.
The Cats head out on the road for an 8 p.m. tip on Jan. 10 in Minnesota. Listen live on WFNZ 610am, the official Bobcats app or on bobcats.com. The game can also be seen on SportSouth and NBA League Pass.