The Bobcats put on a defensive display, holding Cleveland to 64 points as they rallied for a 68-64 victory over the Cavaliers on July 15, 2012 in Las Vegas. Kemba Walker led Charlotte with 13 points, and his floater over Dion Waiters with 6.4 seconds remaining gave the Cats the victory.
Trailing 62-56 with 1:40 remaining, a Charlotte defense that finished with 24 forced turnovers ratcheted up its intensity to pull out the win. Byron Mullens block of Tyler Zeller got things going as Bismack Biyombo converted a three-point play the hard way to cut the lead to three. A Kemba Walker steal on the Cavs ensuing possession then led to a 3-pointer from Jeffery Taylor to knot things up with 1:06 remaining. Walker then converted one of two free throws after another Cleveland turnover, before Dion Waiters gave the Cavs a 64-63 lead with 14 ticks left. Not to be denied, Walker hit the game-winning floater over Waiters with 6.4 on the clock and knocked down three free throws to seal the win.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Bobcats defense was solid all night, forcing 24 Cleveland turnovers that turned into 24 Charlotte points... The Cats outrebounded their opponent's on the offensive glass for the second-straight contest, 15-11, led by Jeffery Taylor's six offensive boards... Neither team shot the ball well, with Cleveland holding a 37.5 percent to 30.7 percent edge from the field. However, after hitting just four of their first 24 shots (16.6 percent), the Bobcats finished the game connecting on 19 of 51 (37.2 percent) from the field.
BOBCATS PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Kemba Walker scored a team-high 13 points, including the game-winning shot for Charlotte, while adding four rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Jeffery Taylor had his second-straight strong game for the Cats, scoring 12 points and bringing down seven rebounds.
CAVALIERS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Tyler Zeller scored a game-high 14 points and added five rebounds in the losing effort.
Kemba Walker (13) and Jeffery Taylor (12) were the only Bobcats to score in double digits after all five starters did so on Friday against Sacramento... Carlon Brown came off the bench to score 11 points for Charlotte... Michael Kidd-Gilchrist did not play against the Cavs. He was held out for precautionary measures with left knee soreness.
The Bobcats will practice in Las Vegas on Monday before taking on the Minnesota Timberwolves at 10:30 p.m. (EST) on Tuesday at the Thomas and Mack Center. Watch the game on NBA TV.