By Ketrell Marshall
February 19, 2013
Gerald Henderson and Kemba Walker scored 24 points apiece and Henderson (10 rebounds) and Byron Mullens (20 points, 12 rebounds) notched double-doubles as the Cats came out of the All-Star break with a 105-92 win on February 19 in Orlando.
The Bobcats got off to their best start of the season finishing with a season-high in first quarter points (37) and a season-high in points in the first half (63)…With a little under 7:00 minutes to go in the first quarter the Cats finished on a 21-13 run to give them a 10-point advantage (37-27)…The Bobcats continued their strong play in the second frame, taking advantage of a 15-5 run in the final 5:41 seconds pushing their halftime lead to 63-43…. Orlando came out hot in the third connecting on six of its first eight shots leading to a 10-0 run and cutting the Bobcats lead to 10. The Bobcats answered with a run of their own, pushing the lead back up to 15 points with 4:24 remaining in the third…. The Cats came into the final frame with a 10-point advantage (80-70)…Orlando went on a 18-10 run in the first eight minutes of the fourth cutting their deficit to 90-88 with 4:00 remaining…In the final stretch of the game, The Bobcats answered with a 15-4 run led by Kemba Walker, as he scored 11 of the final 15 points for the Cats on the way to the win.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Bobcats bench continues to be productive as they outscored Philadelphia’s reserves, 39-15…The Cats struggled to convert on field goal attempts and Led by 10 points from Ramon Sessions, the Bobcats bench outscored Orlando’s reserves, 24-18…The Magic couldn’t keep up with the Cats hot shooting and finished the game connecting on 41.6 percent (37-for-89) compared to the Bobcats 46.9 percent (38-for-81)…The Cats did a decent job of getting to the free-throw line and converting, finishing 20-for-27 (74.1) from the charity stripe…Charlotte was outscored 20-8 in second chance points and points in the paint, 54-40, but held an 18-10 scoring advantage in fast break points.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Gerald Henderson has scored in double figures in eight straight games. He finished tied for a team high with 24 points on 8-for-16 shooting, including 18 points in the first half. He also recorded 10 rebounds and three assists.
Kemba Walker tied for the Cats leading scorer with 24 points. He scored nine points in the fourth while securing the Bobcats victory. He shot 9-for-16 from the floor, pulled down four rebounds, dished out seven assists and also contributed defensively with three steals.
MAGIC PLAYER OF THE GAME
Nickola Vucevic had a productive game for the Magic as he scored 18 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out four assists.
The Bobcats will take on the Detroit Pistons on February 19 at 7:00 p.m. at the Time Warner Cable Arena®. You can watch the game on SportSouth or listen on WFNZ. Make sure you follow the live in-game chat by going to bobcats.com or downloading the Bobcats app on your smartphone.