The Bobcats came out with great intensity and effort led by Kemba Walker’s first NBA triple-double, but a last-second 3-pointer by Matt Carroll fell just short as the Bobcats lost, 102-99, on Saturday at Time Warner Cable Arena®. The loss was the Bobcats seventh straight, as they dropped to 3-18 on the season.
After falling behind by double digits in the first quarter of their last two contests, Charlotte opened the game on a 6-0 run and was tied with Washington, 26-26, after 12 minutes of play… Things stayed close early in the second, but Washington closed the half on a 14-5 run to take a 58-48 lead into the locker room… Charlotte battled back in the second half and took a 92-90 lead on a Byron Mullens dunk with 6:25 left in the game. However, Mullens was called for goaltending on JaVale McGee with 41.2 seconds left to give the Wizards a 102-99 lead before Carroll’s last-second attempt.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Bobcats inability to hit from the free-throw line cost them in this one. Charlotte only hit on 17 of 29 shots (58.6%), while Washington connected on 16 of 21, good for (76.2%)… Charlotte did a much better job on the glass, outrebounding Washington, 42-32, including 14 on the offensive end… The Bobcats also did a great job distributing the ball with 31 assists on 39 made shots.
BOBCATS PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Walker recorded the fourth triple-double of the 2011-12 NBA season and first by a rookie with 20 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.
BOBCATS TOP RESERVE
Mullens provided the Bobcats some much needed scoring off the bench with a career-high 23 points to go along with three rebounds.
WIZARDS PLAYER OF THE GAME
JaVale McGee made his presence felt down low, as he posted a team-high 22 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
"We've really been working on it a lot, and it was better today. We're getting our half court offense down and we're running when the other team misses shots. We had a lot of guys that made shots tonight."
- Bobcats Head Coach Paul Silas
"It was a great night for us. We lost, but I thought we played hard, and that's all you can ask for. We missed shots that we should have made, but it happens. Hopefully we can stay together and keep having good games like this."
- Bobcats Guard Kemba Walker
Besides the triple-double by Walker, Boris Diaw and Tyrus Thomas each had double-doubles for Charlotte. Diaw had a team-high 21 points and 10 assists to notch his third double-double of the season, while Thomas had 13 points and 10 rebounds for his first double-double of 2011-12… D.J. Augustin (big toe), Gerald Henderson (back) and DJ White (knee) all were out due to their injury.
The Bobcats will now go to the West Coast as they start a four-game road trip. First up, will be a matchup against Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers. Opening tip is scheduled for 10:30 P.M. on Tuesday, January 31 at the Staples Center. Catch all the action on SportSouth and listen to us on WFNZ. Also, don't forget to join the chat at bobcats.com