Kemba Walker fought through a shoulder contusion in the third quarter and scored a season-high 25 points to help lead the Cats to a 102-97 win over New York on November 5 at Madison Square Garden. Gerald Henderson contributed 18 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals.
The Cats got off to a quick start, gaining a 9-2 lead in the first and only saw the lead get pushed to a tie three times in the game. Two free throws by Carmelo Anthony cut the Bobcats lead to four, 95-91, when Walker took control once again and knocked down an 11-foot jumper to extend the Cats lead to 97-91 with 48.3 seconds left in the fourth quarter and put the game away.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Bobcats came out with explosive scoring taking a 9-2 lead in the first quarter, shooting 60 percent from the field (9-for-15)… With Tyson Chandler going down with an injury, Charlotte controlled the paint. The Cats outrebounded the Knicks, 51-33, with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Gerald Henderson and Jeff Adrien all bringing down eight rebound. Charlotte also outscored New York in the paint, 34-28… Led by 13 points off the bench from Jeffery Taylor, the Cats reserves held a 40-29 advantage on the Knicks… Despite struggling from the field in third quarter on 15.8 percent shooting (3-for-19), Charlotte managed to get to the charity stripe, going 10-for-13 while holding the Knicks to 28.6 percent shooting from the field in the fourth (6-for-21)… Charlotte finished with five players in double-digit scoring – Kemba Walker (25), Henderson (18), Kidd-Gilchrist (16), Taylor (13) and Ramon Sessions (10).
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Scoring 17 points in the first half, Kemba Walker led the Bobcats in scoring with a season-high 25 points, while shooting 45 percent (9-for-20) from the field in 35 minutes of play. He added six assists, five rebounds and one steal. Walker left in the third quarter with a shoulder contusion, but x-rays were negative and he returned to the floor to help push his team to a victory, scoring five points in the fourth quarter.
KNICKS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks in scoring with 32 points on 35 percent shooting (10-for-28) in 44 minutes of play. He added five boards, two assists and two steals.
The Bobcats got strong play out of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who scored 16 points on 71 percent shooting, despite an injury to his nose. He added eight rebounds and some key blocked shots in the fourth quarter to help lift the Bobcats to the win… Gerald Henderson continues his strong play, finishing with 18 points and eight rebounds—also icing the win with two clutch free throws with 13.5 seconds left in the fourth. Henderson has scored in a career-high 27 consecutive games dating back to last season.
The Bobcats head back to Charlotte to take on the Toronto Raptors in their second home game of the season at 7 p.m. on November 6 at Time Warner Cable Arena. Join us on the live chat on Bobcats.com.