The Bobcats made a valiant comeback from down double-digits in the fourth quarter but couldn’t close the game out in a 106-104 loss to the Cavaliers on January 4 at Time Warner Cable Arena®. The bench was huge for the Cats with 27 points from Ben Gordon and 20 from Ramon Sessions.
After being down by as many as 18 points in the third quarter, the Cats fought hard and eventually made it a 10-point game on a Ramon Sessions lay up early in the fourth… From that point, the Bobcats defense held the Cavs to only five points in the first eight minutes of the fourth quarter while cutting into the deficit… Eventually a pair of Ramon Sessions free throws gave the Bobcats a 91-90 lead with less than five minutes to play… A couple of Kyrie Irving 3-pointers pushed the Cavaliers lead back up to five… The Cats tied the game up three more times but couldn’t take the lead and Irving hit a pull-up jump shot with one second left… Gerald Henderson had a nice look for the last shot of the game, but couldn’t get the long 3-pointer to fall.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
After the Cats defense allowed the Cavaliers to shoot 59.1 percent from the floor in the first half, the defense held Cleveland to 38.2 percent for the second half… The Bobcats offense found a nice rhythm shooting 45.1 percent from the floor while handing out 25 assists on 37 made baskets… The Cats went 8-for-17 (47.1 percent) from beyond the arc, including four 3-pointers from Gerald Henderson… The Cats outrebounded the Cavs 43-40 and the teams tied on fastbreak points with 20 apiece.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Ben Gordon had the hot hand for the Cats and led the team in scoring with 27 points on 11-for-20 shooting while adding four assists, two rebounds, a steal and a block.
BOBCATS TOP RESERVE
Ramon Sessions had a good game off the bench for the Bobcats scoring 12 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter comeback. Sessions had team-high six assists while grabbing five rebounds and a steal.
CAVALIERS PLAYER OF THE GAME
2012’s Rookie of the Year, Kyrie Irving, put up impressive numbers with 33 points, including 3-for-4 from beyond the arc, while dishing out six assists, grabbing five boards, swiping four steals and blocking three shots.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
"We’re a young team. We learn every game. We learn every practice. That doesn’t change our age. You have to be through enough battles together and our chemistry has to be consistent. You can’t put a timetable on it. We’re improving. We know we’re improving."
- Bobcats Guard Gerald Henderson on the team
"We waited too long to do what we did. Once we closed the gap at about the 4:00 mark, it was a matter of trying to get stops and execute offensively. We did pretty doggone well in that, but the lesson learned here is that we can’t come out flat as a tack and give up those kind of points early. At halftime, they had 63. Again, to be able to reel them back in and do what we did was impressive."
- Bobcats Head Coach Mike Dunlap on the game
Tyrus Thomas had his first game back since November 17 after suffering a left calf strain. He had four points, four rebounds and a steal in 12 minutes… Captain Gerald Henderson notched 17 points on 6-for-11 shooting, including 4-for-5 from beyond the arc, to go with two assists and two rebounds… Rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist came off the bench after missing last game due to a corneal abrasion in his right eye. Kidd-Gilchrist finished with seven points, nine boards and two assists… Kemba Walker scored in double figures for the Bobcats tonight, dropping 11 points while adding five assists, three boards and a steal… Byron Mullens (left ankle sprain) was inactive.
The Bobcats travel to Detroit to take on the Pistons at 7:30 p.m. on January 6, before returning home to play the Utah Jazz at 7 p.m. on January 9 in Time Warner Cable Arena®. Watch the games on SportSouth or listen on WFNZ. Follow the live in-game chat at bobcats.com or download the Bobcats app on your smartphone.