Gerald Henderson scored a career-high 35 points and Josh McRoberts recorded a double-double (13 points, 10 rebounds) as the Cats rolled to a 100-74 victory over Boston on March 12 at Time Warner Cable Arena®. The 26-point win is Charlotte’s biggest since January 20, 2010 against Miami. Ben Gordon added 17 points off the bench and Kemba Walker scored 10 points to round out the Cats double-digit scorers.
Gerald Henderson scored 11 points in the first quarter but the Cats trailed 20-19 heading into the second. However, the Cats were relentless when they came out in the second quarter and took a 35-34 lead with 4:31 left in the quarter and never gave it back. The Bobcats ended the second quarter with the 49-46 lead over the Celtics. The Cats ran away with it in the second half, outscoring Boston, 51-28, to take the win.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Although the Celtics outscored the Bobcats in the first quarter, the Cats outscored Boston by respectable amounts in the final three quarters (30-26, 27-15, 24-13)… Charlotte finished shooting 45.5 percent from the floor and 35.3 percent from long distance… Boston finished 40.9 percent from the field and 30.8 percent from 3-point territory… The Cats beat the Celtics in points in the paint (40-24) and in second-chance points (23-12). The Bobcats defense forced 13 turnovers, grabbed eight steals and blocked three shots.
BOBCATS PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Gerald Henderson was on fire for the Cats with a new career high of 35 points. Henderson scored in double figures in the first three quarters. He finished 11-for-19 from the field and 12-for-12 from the free-throw line. Henderson also dished out three assists, grabbed two rebounds and blocked a shot.
BOBCATS TOP RESERVE
Ben Gordon was key off the bench for the Cats, scoring 17 points on 5-for-13 shooting. He grabbed two rebounds, handed out two assists and had two steals.
CELTICS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Jeff Green tied as lead scorer for the Celtics with 14 points and finished with 4-for-11 shooting. He grabbed three rebounds, dished out an assist and had a steal.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
"It feels great. We’ve had a tough season. The toughest thing is just coming in here every day, practicing hard, going through shootaround and watching film, and it’s not necessarily translating into wins. It feels great any time we win."
- Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson on getting the win
"He’s been getting better over the last three weeks. You can just sense it with him. He’s also starting to use his voice in the huddle more. He and Kemba (Walker) are the captains and a lot of us are leaning on those guys, especially with Ramon (Sessions) out. Ramon’s huge for us because he’s a big voice in the huddle for us. All of the guys respect him, so I think Gerald sensed that and turned the volume up. Those are the little things that are really good for him and we need that in our group a lot."
- Bobcats Head Coach Mike Dunlap on Gerald Henderson
The Bobcats 100-74 victory is the biggest win the Bobcats have had since January 20, 2010 against Miami…. Gerald Henderson scored a career-high 35 points, scoring in double figures in each of the first three quarters… Ben Gordon (17), Josh McRoberts (13), and Kemba Walker (10) also finished in double figures… McRoberts added 10 rebounds to record his first double-double with the Cats… Ramon Sessions was inactive due to a knee injury… Jeff Green and Jordan Crawford were lead scorers for the Celtics, each with 14 points.
The Bobcats travel to Toronto and Boston before returning home to Time Warner Cable Arena® to take on Wizards. The Cats take on the Raptors at 7 p.m. on March 15 and continue traveling to Boston on March 16 to take on the Celtics at 7:30 p.m.. The Bobcats will then host Washington at 7 p.m. on March 18. Catch the games live on Fox SportsSouth or listen on WFNZ. Download the Bobcats app for your smartphone or go to bobcats.com to follow the live-in game chat.