The Bobcats fell to the Golden State Warriors, 104-96, after fighting their way back from a double-digit deficit at Time Warner Cable Arena®. Kemba Walker led the Cats with 24 points, while Rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 17 of his own.
After falling behind 58-40 at halftime, the Bobcats battled hard and closed the deficit in the fourth quarter… The Warriors led by 19 at the start of the fourth but the Cats went on an 18-8 run to pull the game within single digits on a Kemba Walker free throw with 1:46 to play… The Bobcats had a hard time connecting on shots in the last minute, despite a 3-pointer from Walker to cut the lead to 102-96… Once the Cats started fouling to stop the clock, Warriors Jarrett Jack iced the game by sinking two free throws.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Bobcats outscored the Warriors in the second half, 56-46, during their comeback attempt. The Charlotte defense held Golden State to only 11 points in the fourth period… The Cats continue to distribute the ball well, dishing out 21 assists on 31 made baskets… The Bobcats continue to be aggressive around the rim, edging the Warriors on points in the paint, 36-34… The Cats notched a team total of 10 blocks with eight different players getting in on the action.
BOBCATS PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Kemba Walker continues to lead the Bobcats in scoring with 24 points, including 17 during the second half. He also had six assists, and a block, rebound and steal.
November Rookie of the Month Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had a nice outing for the Cats with 17 points on 6-for-10 shooting, with seven rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block.
WARRIORS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Stephen Curry could not be stopped in his homecoming game. The Davidson product had 27 points along with seven rebounds, seven assists and a steal.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
“Those guys just played well. They made a lot of shots. We tried to make a comeback, but we couldn’t really get over the hump. Every time we made a comeback, they came down and made a big play, made a big shot. It was just a tough night for us.”
- Bobcats Guard Kemba Walker on the game
“Over the last three games we’ve put together a couple of things so that he can get the ball on the blocks. He’s just a bright spot all around, both defensively and offensively, and with the genuine effort that he gives, but he’s got lessons to learn just like MJ did when he played in the league. Those first two or three years are a beast for all rookies and he’s got to go through a process. With (Byron) Mullens, Kemba (Walker), (Jeffery Taylor), we’ve got our fair share of youth that are teething right now and figuring some things out, but I think the biggest lesson learned is how we approach the first quarter, especially at home. We’ve got to do a better job defensively and we know that.”
- Bobcats Head Coach Mike Dunlap on Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
Head Coach Mike Dunlap switched the starting lineup around again, choosing to go with Kemba Walker, Jeffery Taylor, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Byron Mullens and Bismack Biyombo. The average age of this lineup is 21.5, potentially one of the youngest starting five combos in the NBA… Big man Bismack Biyombo led the Cats in rebounding (11) and blocks (3) in his starting position… Ramon Sessions had 12 points, including going 2-for-2 from beyond the arc. He added six assists, a rebound and a block… Ben Gordon finished with 14 points in 15 minutes, including 3-for-6 shooting from 3-point territory… Recently signed Jeff Adrien suited up in his first game as a Bobcat.
The Bobcats remain home when they take on the Clippers for Wednesday Night Basketball on December 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Time Warner Cable Arena®. Make sure you come out to support your Cats. If you can’t make it, watch the game on SportSouth or listen on WFNZ. Follow the live in-game chat at bobcats.com or download the Bobcats app on your smartphone.