The Bobcats couldn’t find a way to close out the top team in the Eastern Conference despite keeping it close down the stretch in a 89-79 loss to Miami on April 5 at Time Warner Cable Arena®. Rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had team-high 18 points and a career-high 14 rebounds to lead the Cats.
The Cats kept things close with the Heat in the first half, heading into halftime trailing, 48-45… Things didn’t go the Bobcats way in the third frame, where they only managed a season-low eight points. These offensive troubles for Charlotte allowed Miami to push its lead to 13 heading into the final frame… The Bobcats regained their momentum down the stretch, outscoring the Heat in the fourth quarter, 26-23. Reggie Williams cut deficit to six with 2:01 to play on a breakaway dunk, but Mike Miller answered with a layup to close the Cats out for good.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Neither team had a particularly good shooting night overall with the Bobcats converting on 31.8 percent of their shots to the Heat’s 44.9 percent. The biggest difference came in 3-point shooting where the Heat connected on 39.4 percent (13-for-33) for 39 points, while the Cats shot just 18.8 percent (3-for-16) from long range for nine points… Free throw shooting was clutch for the Cats, allowing them to stay in the game. The Cats went 20-for-22 (90.9 percent) while the Heat went 14-for-17 (82.4 percent)… Charlotte did a good job of controlling the boards, outrebounding Miami (46-41). The Bobcats also had more points in the paint (36-28), second chance points (25-13) and held the Heat scoreless on the break while managing 14 points in the open court.
BOBCATS PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist continues to show growth during his rookie campaign for the Bobcats. Kidd-Gilchrist notched his sixth double-double of the season with a team-high 18 points and a career-high 14 boards, adding one assist, one steal and one block.
Kemba Walker came alive in the second half for the Bobcats, scoring eight of his 12 points in the final two frames. Walker finished in double-figure scoring for the 18th game in a row, while dishing out four assists, grabbing three rebounds and swiping three steals.
HEAT PLAYER OF THE GAME
Mike Miller was practically unstoppable for the Heat. Miller had a game-high 26 points, going 7-for-11 from long range, while managing five rebounds and four assists.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
"We’re just going to go out there and compete. We go into every game looking to win. We’re going to go in with the same objective. We’ve been playing well. Obviously we could have played better tonight. As bad as we shot the ball, we still were in the game. We’re just looking to compete the next few games."
- Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson on the team’s goals over the last six games
"The last three weeks have been marvelous in terms of the physical effort. We’ve had a great home stand. I want more of the same. They’re playing together. Our assists are off the charts, in terms of what we were doing earlier. I just want them to keep this kind of enthusiasm for each other and keep playing the game the right way."
- Bobcats Head Coach Mike Dunlap on the team’s improvement
Gerald Henderson was the other Cat to finish in double figure scoring with 11 points. Henderson also contributed three boards, three assists and two steals… Reggie Williams had a productive night with eight points on 3-for-6 shooting, with three rebounds, two steals and an assist… Josh McRoberts was one basket away from a double-double, finishing with eight points and 11 rebounds, also adding three assists, two blocks and a steal… LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen were inactive for the Heat… Ramon Sessions (knee), Byron Mullens (ankle) and Brendan Haywood (foot) were all inactive for the Bobcats due to their respective injuries.
The Bobcats have a quick turnaround when they travel to take on the Nets at 7:30 p.m. on April 6 in Brooklyn. You can watch the game on SportSouth or listen on WFNZ. Make sure you follow the live in-game chat by going to bobcats.com or download the Bobcats app on your smartphone.