The Bobcats had a season-high 119 points and 32 assists as they came away with a 119-114 win over the Washington Wizards on March 18 at Time Warner Cable Arena®. The Cats had seven players finish in double-figure scoring led by Gerald Henderson with 27 points and eight assists.
The Cats led the way for most of the game, holding a 63-59 advantage at halftime and headed into the fourth quarter with a five-point lead… The Cats struggled to find their shot early in the final frame, going 2-for-10 from the floor as the Wizards went on a run to hold a five-point lead with 3:17 to play. However, the Bobcats refused to go away in this one, getting things done at the charity stripe by sinking eight free throws during their shooting drought… From the 3:17 mark Charlotte’s defense only allowed the Wizards to score three points, while closing the game on a 13-3 run.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
In a game that saw 14 lead changes and 11 ties, both of these teams were hot offensively… The Bobcats shot a season-best 53.2 percent (42-for-79) from the field and 40.9 percent (9-for-22) from 3-point territory, while the Wizards converted on 53.1 percent (43-for-81) of their shots and 40.0 percent (6-for-15) from long range… The Bobcats distributed the ball well tonight with a season-high 32 assists on 42 made field goals… The Wizards outrebounded the Cats, 41-31, and had more points in the paint, 52-34… Charlotte took care of the ball, only committing 12 turnovers while forcing Washington into 18 miscues, leading to 24 points for the Bobcats… The Cats did a good job of getting to the free-throw line, where they went 26-for-33 (.788).
BOBCATS PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Gerald Henderson continues his streak of impressive offensive outings, scoring in double-digits for the eighth game in a row. Henderson finished with a team-high in points (27) and assists (eight), while stuffing the stat sheet with three rebounds, one steal and one monster block on Trevor Booker.
BOBCATS TOP RESERVE
Ben Gordon continues to give the Cats a lift off the bench. He came alive late in this one, scoring 14 of his 19 points in the second half, including a 3-pointer with 2:03 left to tie the game at 111-111.
WIZARDS PLAYER OF THE GAME
North Carolina native, John Wall, had an impressive outing for the Wizards with 25 points on 8-for-17 shooting, while dishing out a team-high five assists, grabbing four boards, swiping two steals and blocking one shot.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
"It's very satisfying. I think it’s a really good win for us. We really wanted that win. We played really hard and stayed with each other. At times we played really well, at times we didn’t, but we stayed with it."
- Bobcats guard Kemba Walker on getting the win
"(Jannero) Pargo creates another guy that you have to guard, so people can’t play us soft all over the place, and I think that our young guys are getting better. Sometimes it’s intangible things. I thought Bismack (Biyombo) played okay in the first half and played excellent defense in the second half. He made some adjustments. (Byron) Mullens did a lot of work defensively that really helped us on the pick and roll where he caught mistakes and played big in there. There were a couple of little tips that looked like they were going to make it and Byron pulled those tough rebounds out of there and that’s why he’s here."
- Bobcats Head Coach Mike Dunlap on the team's play tonight
Kemba Walker was clutch late in the game, delivering two lay-ups and bank shot in the final three minutes for the Cats. Walker finished with 18 points, seven assists, three rebounds and three steals without committing a single turnover… Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had an efficient game for the Cats, scoring 11 points on 5-for-9 shooting with seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and no turnovers… Josh McRoberts was a force down low, finishing with 17 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals… Byron Mullens contributed 12 points off of the bench, with five rebounds, five assists and one block… The newest Bobcat, Jannero Pargo, rounded out the double-figure scorers with 11 points, six assists, two steals and one rebound in 18 minutes… Ramon Sessions (left knee) was inactive for the Cats.
The Cats finish a three-game homestand when they tip off against the Raptors at 7 p.m. on March 20 and take on the Pistons at 7 p.m. on March 23. Make sure you come out to both games to support your Cats. If you can’t make it, catch the games on SportSouth or listen on WFNZ. Join other Bobcats fans on the live in-game chat by going to bobcats.com or download the Bobcats app on your smartphone.