By Caroline Sikes
January 26, 2013
The Bobcats snapped a 16-game home losing streak when Gerald Henderson hit a clutch shot with time winding down to give Charlotte a 102-101 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on January 26 at Time Warner Cable Arena®. Five players finished in double-figure scoring for the Cats, led by 25 from Kemba Walker.
Despite being down by as many as 18 ipoints n the first half, the Cats fought back to make it two-point game with less than a minute to go in the third quarter… To open the final frame, the Bobcats went on an 8-2 run to take their first lead on a Kemba Walker pull-up jump shot… The Cats extended their lead to eight, but the Timberwolves wouldn’t go away, tying the game at 97-97 on a J.J. Barea 3-pointer with 1:11 to play… Ricky Rubio scored a reverse lay up to give Minnesota the lead, but Gerald Henderson answered, sinking his 3-pointer with 4.6 seconds left and the shot clock expiring. Walker blocked the Timberwolves last-second attempt and secured the Bobcats win.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
After getting down 34-22 in the first quarter, the Bobcats outscored the Timberwolves in the final three frames… Offensively, the Bobcats found a nice rhythm, shooting 50.7 percent from the floor compared to the Timberwolves 48.1 percent. Charlotte was impressive from the charity stripe, where they went 23-for-26 (88.5 percent)… The Cats won the battle down low, outrebounding the Timberwolves (38-30), scoring more points in the paint (50-32) and had more blocks (10-4).
BOBCATS PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Although he didn’t lead the Bobcats in scoring, Gerald Henderson gets the nod for contributing 11 of his 15 points in the second half. Henderson attempted one 3-pointer the whole game, which happened to be the game-winning shot for the Cats. Henderson also pulled down four rebounds, dished out two assists and blocked one shot.
BOBCATS TOP RESERVE
Ramon Sessions continues to lift the Bobcats on the offensive end from his role on the bench. Sessions finished with 23 points on 7-for-11 shooting, including six points during the pivotal run in the beginning of the fourth quarter. He also went 9-for-10 from the charity stripe with four assists and three rebounds.
TIMBERWOLVES PLAYER OF THE GAME
Luke Ridnour had the hot hand for the Timberwolves. He finished with 22 points on 9-for-14 shooting, including 3-for-5 from behind the arc. He also tallied seven assists, seven rebounds, one block and one steal.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
“The fans were great. We try to play hard for them. Obviously things haven’t gone how we would have wanted, but for them to still come out and support us and for the game to finish the way that it did was a really good thing.”
- Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson on getting a home win
“It’s been a long time at home to get one of those. We just kept digging. When we started the game we were a little flat but we found a combination of players off the bench that were very good, then the starters came back and jumped on the momentum. There was a period where they (the Timberwolves) could have gone up by 20 or 25 so I attribute that second group with Ramon (Sessions), Ben (Gordon) and Kemba (Walker) when we played some small ball. Tyrus (Thomas) was very active and that helped us a lot. Brendan Haywood and Jeff Adrien, those guys all contributed and (Bismack Biyombo) had a really efficient game.”
- Bobcats Head Coach Mike Dunlap on tonight’s game
The win over the Timberwolves broke a 16-game home losing streak for the Bobcats… Kemba Walker led the Cats in scoring with 25 points, nine of them coming in the fourth quarter. Walker also dished out a team-high eight assists while grabbing eight rebounds, swiping three steals and blocking two shots… Bismack Biyombo managed his third double-double of the season, finishing with 10 points and 13 boards. Biyombo went a perfect 4-for-4 from the field and added two blocks and an assist… Ben Gordon had a nice outing offensively, with 18 points on 7-for-13 shooting, with two rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal… Byron Mullens (ankle) was inactive.
The Bobcats head off on a five-game road trip starting on in Chicago when the Cats take on the Bulls for the second time this season at 8:00 p.m. on January 28. Catch all of the games on SportSouth or listen on WFNZ. You can also go to bobcats.com or download the Bobcats app on your smartphone to follow the live in-game chat.