By Caroline Sikes
November 21, 2012
The Bobcats pulled out another close victory against the Toronto Raptors, 98-97, in Wednesday Night Basketball on November 21 at Time Warner Cable Arena®. The game came down to the wire and the win made the Cats 5-0 in games decided by four points or less. Kemba Walker led the team with 19 points, seven assists and three blocks.
The Bobcats started the second half a little sluggish and got down by eight early in the third quarter… Walker hit three straight buckets and Ramon Sessions sunk a 3-pointer to tie the game at 67 all… To end the third and begin the fourth, the Bobcats went on a 20-10 run and looked like they were beginning to pull away… The Raptors countered with a run of their own including 3-pointers from Terrence Ross and Jose Calderon to tie the game at 90 with under five minutes to play… After DeMar DeRozan converted on a 3-point play, Kemba Walker drove for a layup, got fouled and made the free throw for the and-one to tie the game at 96… Sessions made a 16-foot jump shot with 28 seconds left to give the Bobcats the one-point advantage… The Raptors couldn’t get a good shot to finish the game as the Cats defense locked down and blocked two of those attempts.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
As the score reflects, this was a pretty evenly matched contest… The Cats edged the Raptors on the boards, 37-36, both teams had 14 turnovers and the Cats had 16 fastbreak points to the Raptors 13… Charlotte had a sizable advantage on second chance points with 19 to the Raptors eight… There were 13 lead changes and 10 ties throughout the game… The Cat’s defense allowed the Raptors to shoot 46.3 percent from the field, but compensated by getting nine blocks and seven steals… The Bobcats bench outscored the Raptors bench, 38-21.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Kemba Walker led the team in points (19) and blocks (3) as the Cats held off the Raptors. The point guard shot 50 percent from the field (8-for-16) and converted a big 3-point play to tie the game with 55 seconds left.
BOBCATS TOP RESERVE
Bismack Biyombo had one of his best performances this season for the Bobcats. The big man had 11 points, eight boards, two blocks and a steal in 25 minutes. Biyombo was efficient on the floor tonight, shooting 5-for-6 and grabbing a game-high four offensive rebounds.
RAPTORS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Kyle Lowry had an impressive night for the Raptors in his second game back. Lowry had 21 points, eight assists, three rebounds, three blocks and two steals.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
“All of us really want to win. It’s about sacrificing and coming together as one. So far, we‘ve really come together as a team. We’re just having fun out there, playing hard, running and making huge plays. It’s showing.”
– Bobcats Guard Kemba Walker on the team’s mentality
“It’s an interesting group, because we are young and I think there is an exuberance and a little bit of being excited about the game of basketball and I think our veterans pick up on that. It’s been a joy to coach them, and I think were learning as we play each game. It’s an intangible and the winning gives you a lot of plusses.”
– Bobcats Head Coach Mike Dunlap on the team’s chemistry
The Bobcats have won five of their last six games, doing so for the first time since January 18-28, 2011…Charlotte’s 6-4 record ties the 2007-08 team for best 10-game start to a season in franchise history… Jeff Taylor had a solid night for the Cats, shooting 4-for-8 from the field with 11 points, six rebounds, two steals and one block with 3.4 seconds left… Seven Bobcat players scored in double figures including, Kemba Walker (19 points), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14), Ramon Sessions (14), Ben Gordon (13), Jeff Taylor (11), Bismack Biyombo (11), and Byron Mullens (10).
The Bobcats have their last game of a four-game home stint on Friday, November 23 as the take on the Atlanta Hawks at 7 p.m. at Time Warner Cable Arena®. Be sure to come out and support the Cats. You can also watch the game on SportSouth or listen on WFNZ. Go to bobcats.com or download the Bobcats app on your smart phone to follow along with the live in-game chat.