Despite being down 19 points early in the game, the Bobcats fought back to pull off a 114-108 victory over the Orlando Magic on March 27 in Time Warner Cable Arena®. The Cats Co-Captains, Gerald Henderson and Kemba Walker, were huge with both players contributing 34 points apiece.
After getting down by 19 in the first quarter, the Bobcats battled their way back in the second, going on a 19-4 run and cutting the deficit to four… The Cats kept the momentum going in the third frame, eventually taking a 73-71 lead on a Kemba Walker pull-up jump shot… The Magic wouldn’t go away, pushing their lead back to seven when they opened the final frame on a 17-9 run… The Cats found a way to knot things at 102-102 when Gerald Henderson hit a jump shot with 4:45 to play. The two teams traded baskets during the next several possessions, before the Bobcats made a few essential stops on defense to extend their lead to six and keep the Magic at bay.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The 19-point deficit marked the largest margin the Bobcats have overcame this season to pull off a win… After getting outscored by the Magic in the first quarter, 39-20, the Bobcats gained momentum the rest of the way, topping Orlando in the final three quarters, 31-19, 32-24 and 31-26, respectively… The Bobcats ended the game shooting 51.8 percent from the field and 30.0 percent from long range, compared the Magic converting on 52.4 percent of their shots and 36.8 percent from 3-point range… The Cats did a good job of getting to the foul line (20-for-28) while limiting the Magic’s trips (13-for-18)… Charlotte executed its game plan of getting out on the fast break, outscoring Orlando, 15-8… The Cats took the rebounding battle, 43-34, including 11 offensive rebounds accounting for 16 second-chance points.
BOBCATS PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Gerald Henderson finished in double figures for the 13th time in a row. Henderson had 34 points on 12-for-18 shooting and went 9-for-10 from the charity stripe. He also pulled down seven boards, dished out two assists and swiped one steal.
Kemba Walker also finished in double figures for the 13th time in a row, scoring over 20 points in the last three contests. On the night, Walker had 34 points on 13-for-23 shooting and almost had a double-double with nine assists while grabbing two steals and turning away two shots.
MAGIC PLAYER OF THE GAME
Tobias Harris continued his hot-streak for the Magic, finishing with a career-high 29 points on 10-for-20 shooting. Harris grabbed nine rebounds, dished out six assists, blocked three shots and swiped a steal.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
"I’m trying to be aggressive, but I am trying to do it within our team concept. I think our team is better when Kemba (Walker) and I are being aggressive, preferably getting to the basket because teams are going to collapse on us. We feel like we can bring in a lot of attention. Whenever we’re aggressive, putting our head down, trying to get into the lane, we’re able to get our scores or create an opportunity for a teammate."
- Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson on his recent play
"One is you go through the bench and see who has a little more juice. I attribute that second group to getting us back into the game. I think it fully got the attention of that first group. They didn’t like the way they played initially."
- Bobcats Head Coach Mike Dunlap on how the team came back to win the game
Despite missing the last game due to a shoulder strain, Josh McRoberts got the starting nod, finishing with six points, a team-high eight rebounds, three assists and a block with no turnovers… Bismack Biyombo had a big night for the Bobcats, scoring in double figures for the second time in three games. Biyombo had 11 points, seven rebounds, three assists, three blocks and a steal in 34 minutes… Ben Gordon was clutch for the Cats late in the game, dishing out a few crucial assists, including a one-handed alley-oop to McRoberts with 17.3 seconds to play. Gordon finished with eight points, going 2-for-4 from long range, while adding three rebounds, three assists and a block… Ramon Sessions (knee) and Brendan Haywood (foot) were inactive for the Bobcats.
The Bobcats hit the road to take on the Knicks at 7:30 p.m. on March 29 in New York before tipping off against the 76ers at 8 p.m. on March 30 in Philadelphia. You can catch both games 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.