Gerald Henderson scored 24 points and Josh McRoberts (12 points, 16 rebounds) and Kemba Walker (17 points, 10 assists) added double-doubles as the Cats notched their fifth win in six games at home with an 88-83 victory over Philadelphia on April 3 at Time Warner Cable® Arena.
Charlotte was down 45-40 at halftime but came out strong in the third quarter, taking the lead with 3:29 left in the quarter on a layup by Josh McRoberts. The score went back-and-forth from that point with neither the Cats nor the Sixers able to retain the lead for long. With 33 seconds left in the game, Gerald Henderson made a key jump shot, giving the Cats the 84-83 advantage. Henderson then made a vital steal on the 76ers inbound pass, resulting with a dunk to give Charlotte an 86-83 advantage. Kemba Walker then made two free throws, bringing the Cats their 88-83 victory.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Although the Sixers outscored the Bobcats in the first quarter, 27-19, Charlotte outscored Philadelphia in the final three quarters, 69-56. The Cats finished shooting 41.0 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from long distance… The 76ers finished shooting 35.2 percent from the floor and 22.2 percent from 3-point territory. The 76ers beat the Cats in points in the paint (34-30) and in second-chance points (17-4). Charlotte’s defense forced 14 Philadelphia turnovers, grabbed 10 steals and blocked five shots.
BOBCATS PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Gerald Henderson continued to lead the Cats, scoring 24 points. He finished 10-for-18 shooting from the field and added four assists, two steals and blocked a shot.
BOBCATS TOP RESERVE
Reggie Williams was hot off the bench with 12 points, making him the leading scorer for the Cats reserves. He finished on 5-for-7 shooting and was 2-for-3 from the 3-point territory. Williams grabbed three rebounds and dished out an assist.
76ERS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Damien Wilkins led the 76ers with 20 points on 7-for-14 shooting. He grabbed nine rebounds, dished out an assist and had a steal.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
"Tonight was great. We came up with some stops on defense and then on the offensive end, I just wanted to be aggressive. My teammates always are pushing me to be aggressive; Coach Dunlap as well, because that makes our team better. Whether I’m shooting or creating a play for my teammate, it’s always a positive thing for our team. I just tried to do that tonight and it worked out."
- Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson on the team’s execution tonight
"We were able to prove again that we’re very interested in the outcome (of games) coming down the backstretch and that’s the biggest point that I want to make. Our guys are playing together. With all of the bodies we had out it was particularly a good night for us in terms of the character of the group of guys playing. Even the guys that didn’t get a lot of minutes played great."
- Bobcats Head Coach Mike Dunlap on tonight's game
Gerald Henderson led the Cats scoring with 24 points and has now scored 20-or-more points in seven of his last 12 games… Kemba Walker recorded his fourth double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 assists… Reggie Williams and Josh McRoberts both added 12 points… McRoberts pulled down a career-high 16 rebounds for his third double-double since coming to Charlotte… Byron Mullens (sore left ankle), Ramon Sessions (MCL sprain) and Jeffery Taylor (plantar fascia strain) were inactive for the Bobcats.
The Bobcats take on the Heat with a new time of 8 p.m. on April 5 at Time Warner Cable® Arena before tipping off in Brooklyn at 7 p.m. on April 6. Catch the games live on Fox SportsSouth or listen on WFNZ. Download the Bobcats mobile app or go to bobcats.com to follow the live in-game chat.