By Caroline Sikes
November 13, 2012
The Bobcats won their second game in a row for the first time since April 11 and 13, 2011, 92-76, on October 13, 2012 over the Washington Wizards at Time Warner Cable Arena®. The Cats were led by game-high 11 rebounds from Brendan Haywood and 21 points from Ramon Sessions off the bench.
After getting down 24-17 early, the Cats battled their way back in the second quarter, outscoring the Wizards 29-19… Charlotte took the lead 33-31 on a Michael Kidd-Gilchrist finger roll and never looked back. The Bobcats led by as many as 21 during the fourth quarter and weathered a 19-8 Washington run during the third and fourth quarters.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Bobcats put up an impressive defensive effort all around… They held the Wizards to 29.8 percent shooting, forced 17 turnovers and grabbed eight steals… The Cats held the Wizards to 12 points in the second quarter and 15 points in the fourth… The size of the Cats was an issue for the Wizards down low. Charlotte scored 46 of its points in the paint, compared to the Wizards 24… The Bobcats had four players score in double figures: Ramon Sessions (21), Kemba Walker (17), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (15 points) and Tyrus Thomas (10).
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist continues to impress on both ends of the court, as the rookie proved his notable performance against the Mavericks was not a fluke. He scored 15 points on 6-for-11 shooting with eight rebounds, two assists and a block as the Cats routed the Wizards.
BOBCATS TOP RESERVE
Ramon Sessions took over the game offensively, scoring a game-high 21 points to go with his five rebounds and two assists. Sessions continues to penetrate the lane and draw fouls or dish to open teammates.
WIZARDS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Trevor Ariza scored 19 points for the Wizards to go with six rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block. Ariza was the only player to score in double digits for the Wizards.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
“It’s his greatest asset. One, he’s played on a team that’s had a championship in the Lakers, but also, just the experience and being a little bit older, knowing the phasing of what happens to a Kemba Walker or Byron Mullens. He goes into those huddles and uses a low voice and he just has a quarterback’s mindset. I think that Kemba can learn some of that from him and the youthful exuberance and some of the charisma that Kemba has gets Sessions going as well.”
– Bobcats Head Coach Mike Dunlap on the calmness of Ramon Sessions
“Guys are on the same page this year and are buying into what Coach (Dunlap) is trying to bring to this organization. We are all jelling together really well right now. You can’t really ask for much more than that at this point of the season.”
– Bobcats Guard Kemba Walker on being 3-3
Kemba Walker was the second-leading scorer for the Cats as he dropped 17 points, dished out two assists and had two steals. It was the sixth straight game Walker scored in double digits. The point guard took good care of the ball once again by not committing a single turnover… Brendan Haywood got his second double-digit rebounding effort of the season, grabbing 11 boards along with eight points, two steals and a block… Rookie Jeff Taylor continues to look more comfortable on an NBA court. He had six points, six rebounds, one steal, one block and tied for a team-high with four assists… Byron Mullens also filled his stat line nicely with nine points, six rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocked shots… Guard Ben Gordon missed the game because of a personal family issue.
The Bobcats travel to Minnesota to take on the Timberwolves at 8 p.m. on November 14. You can watch the game on SportSouth or listen on WFNZ. Make sure you download the Bobcats app on your smartphone or go to bobcats.com to follow the live in-game chat.