Kemba Walker and Ramon Sessions poured in 24 points apiece but the Bobcats comeback against the defending champion Miami Heat fell short in Raleigh, NC on October 23, 2012. Charlotte cut an 18-point Miami lead to 94-92 with 2:16 remaining but would not score again in the 98-92 loss at PNC Arena.
Chris Bosh had things working in the first quarter, finishing with 10 points as the Heat jumped out to a 31-22 lead… Kemba Walker carried the load for much of the first quarter with eight points, while no other Bobcat had more than two points until Ramon Sessions came off the bench and scored six points in four-and-a-half minutes… In the fourth quarter, Dunlap opted to play the two guards together with the Cats facing an 81-65 deficit and they responded in force. Walker (seven points) and Sessions (two points) combined with Reggie Williams (nine points) to score 18 of the Cats 27 points in the frame.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Bobcats had trouble slowing the Heat on the break. Charlotte forced 22 Miami turnovers and converted them to 17 points, while the Heat turned 16 Cats miscues into 24 points… The Bobcats got back in the game in the second quarter by buckling down defensively. After surrendered 31 points on 66.7 percent (12 of 18) shooting in the first, Charlotte held the Heat to 18 points on 37.5 percent (6 of 16) from the field in the second quarter… Reggie Williams hot shooting from long range was key for the Cats as he hit three of their four treys in the quarter and Charlotte outscored Miami, 27-17.
BOBCATS PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Kemba Walker had a huge game for the Cats, finishing with 24 points on 7-of-16 shooting (43.8 percent) from the field, while knocking down two 3-pointers and eight free throws. He added six rebounds, four assists, two steals and turned it over only once.
BOBCATS TOP RESERVE
Ramon Sessions sparked the Cats off the bench, tying Walker with a game-high 24 points on 8-of-16 shooting (50.0 percent) from the field, including three treys… He also grabbed four boards, handed out three assists and notched one steal.
HEAT PLAYER OF THE GAME
Chris Bosh proved a difficult matchup for the Cats. He finished with 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
"I have played the two (shooting guard) if you go back to my Milwaukee days, and in Minnesota I did the same thing. I am familiar with it, it is something that I have to do and it is something I am familiar with. I am 6-3 so I am on the bigger side of the guards so I can guard the twos if I have to."
- Bobcats Guard Ramon Sessions on defending other teams' shooting guards
"We just pushed the ball every time we got it and we tried our best to push the tempo and get some baskets. I thought we did a good job."
- Bobcats Guard Kemba Walker on playing with Ramon Sessions
For the first time in the preseason, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist did not get the start. Head Coach Mike Dunlap opted to give rookie Jeff Taylor his first NBA start against LeBron James. Both Taylor and Kidd-Gilchrist matched up with James most of the night, and the rookies did well, holding him to 10 points on 2-of-8 shooting… With Walker and Sessions hitting 24 points, the Bobcats had two 20+ scorers in the same game for the first time this preseason… Ben Gordon (right ankle strain) and Byron Mullens (right knee bruise) were both out
The Cats return to Charlotte for their Annual Cool School Field Trip game for kids against the Milwaukee Bucks at 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 25. Make sure to join the live chat on bobcats.com.