Gerald Henderson took another solid step in his third game back from a 13-game layoff due to a foot injury, scoring a season-high 19 points to go with four rebounds in 25 minutes off the bench in Charlotte’s 108-93 loss to Milwaukee on December 7 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
The Bobcats came out of the gates slow, connecting on four of their first 14 shots as they fell behind 13-8 in the first six minutes. The Bucks kept the pressure on in the first, primarily from beyond the arc where they converted three of their four attempts, to help push the lead to 33-20 at the end of one… Charlotte couldn’t get things going in the second quarter and finished the half shooting 37 percent from the field (16-for-43) and did not drain a 3-point attempt (0-for-9). With the shots not falling, the Cats saw the deficit grow to 58-40 at the half… Gerald Henderson tried to keep Charlotte in it early in the third, scoring eight of the Cats first 10 points in the frame to cut Milwaukee’s lead to 65-50. Despite Henderson’s best efforts, there was no slowing the Bucks in the third as they extended the lead to 86-63 heading into the final stanza.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Led by 19 points from Gerald Henderson, the Bobcats bench outscored Milwaukee’s reserves, 55-48… The Cats finished the game outshooting Milwaukee 44.4 percent (36-for-81) to 40.4 percent (38-for-94) from the field, but the Bucks held a 42.9 percent (6-for-14) to 23.1 percent (3-for-13) advantage beyond the arc and 81.2 percent (26-for-32) to 56.2 percent (18-for-32) from the free-throw line… Charlotte was outscored 52-42 in the paint but held a 21-16 scoring advantage on the break.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Kemba Walker followed up his first double-double of the season against the Knicks (25 points, 11 assists) with a 16-point, six-assist performance in Milwaukee. He also swiped three steals, grabbed two rebounds and turned it over only once.
BOBCATS TOP RESERVE
Gerald Henderson’s return from the foot injury that kept him out 13 games at the start of the season entered its third, and most productive, game. He scored a team-high 29 points to go with four rebounds in 25 minutes off the bench.
BUCKS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Ersan Ilyasova came off the bench to give Milwaukee the inside presence it has been waiting for to support guards Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis. Ilyasova scored a season-high 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.
Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month Michael Kidd-Gilchrist notched the second double-double (11 points, 11 rebounds) of his NBA career. He had 25 points and 12 rebounds on November 10 against Dallas… Gana Diop sparked a solid effort by the Cats bench in the fourth quarter with six points and five rebounds as Charlotte outscored Milwaukee, 32-22, in the final stanza… All 12 Bobcats who made it into the game against the Bucks found their way on the score sheet with at least one point… Tyrus Thomas (calf) was inactive.
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