The Charlotte Bobcats (3-10) got off to a hot start and never looked back in a 112-100 win over the Golden State Warriors (3-8), ending a six-game losing streak on January 14 at Time Warner Cable Arena®.
Kemba Walker got his first career start and the Bobcats came out with plenty of energy as Walker and Byron Mullens combined for 27 points en route to an 38-25 lead at the end of the first quarter… It was the most points Charlotte has scored in a quarter this season and it came at the perfect time… The Bobcats kept their foot on the gas and pushed the lead to 66-46 at halftime… Walker hit a 3-pointer from half-court as time expired in the third quarter to the delight of the crowd but it was waved off as the Bobcats took a 20-point lead into the fourth quarter… The Warriors fought back and went on an 11-0 run that closed the gap to 11 points but the Bobcats kept them at bay and finished out the win.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Bobcats had a great night from the field, shooting 50 percent (38 of 76) while Golden State shot 41.7 percent (35 of 84)… Charlotte also shot 7 of 13 from 3-point range while the Warriors shot 5 of 20.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Walker had an impressive game for Charlotte, putting up a career-high 23 points and adding five assists, four rebounds and one block… His injection into the starting lineup seemed to spark Charlotte’s offense, helping them jump out in front of the Warriors early.
Gerald Henderson had an explosive game going to the rim hard and scoring a season-high 26 points on 9-of-17 shooting and added six rebounds… Henderson created plenty of opportunities all night as he found openings in the paint.
WARRIORS PLAYER OF THE GAME
David Lee led Golden State with 24 points (11-of-18 shooting), 16 rebounds and three assists.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
"Well I think that we had some guys in there that really wanted to show what they can do. Kemba really came through for us, we were running up and down the court, defending and rebounding the basketball – everything we talked about we were doing."
-Bobcats Head Coach Paul Silas
"That first quarter we came out with tons of energy; we’re pushing the ball and driving it and making the right passes and we knocked down shots too. Energy is going to be the key for us, so we need to keep that up."
-Bobcats Guard Gerald Henderson
Mullens scored 20 points and pulled down seven rebounds… D.J. Augustin chipped in 16 points and seven assists… Boris Diaw had nine points (3-of-4 shooting), four rebounds and three assists in his first game as a reserve… DJ White was not with the team due to personal reasons… Gana Diop did not play due to right knee inflammation and Corey Maggette missed his sixth-straight game due to his injured hamstring.
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