By Ketrell Marshall
March 24, 2013
|American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL|
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Despite leading the reigning NBA champs by double digits in the first quarter, the Bobcats couldn’t find a way to close out the game, eventually falling, 109-77, to the Heat on March 24 in Miami. Kemba Walker finished with 20 points to lead the Cats while Gerald Henderson added 18 and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist notched a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
The Bobcats got off to a strong start with an 11-point lead in the first quarter. However, Miami closed the first quarter on a 15-0 run and was able to secure a four-point lead by the end of the frame…The Heat established their biggest lead of the first half in second quarter and went into the second half with an eight-point advantage…The Cats cut the first half deficit down to five points (59-54) in the third quarter with 4:53 remaining. However, Miami closed the quarter on a 14-3 run to give the Heat a 16-point lead heading into the final frame…The Cats struggled to get off to hot start in the fourth missing seven of their first nine shot attempts, leading to a 14-4 run by the Miami Heat to give them a 26-point advantage with 9:00 left to play and put the game away.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Bobcats struggled from the floor, connecting on 33.7 percent (30-for-89) of their shot attempts. Charlotte also couldn’t find their touch from behind the arc (20.0 percent), while Miami finished with an impressive 50.0 percent (38-for-76) from the floor and 43.3 percent (13-for-30) from long range…The Bobcats held an advantage in fast break points, 16-14… The Cats also won the battle in second-chance points, 9-4…The biggest difference in statistical categories was points from behind the arc, in which Miami won, 39-15…Also, the Heat won in assists, 28-9.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Kemba Walker scored a team-high 20 points. He also pulled down six rebounds, dished out three assists and tallied a steal. Walker has scored in double figures in 63 of 70 games this season, including 24 games with 20 points or more.
Gerald Henderson finished with 18 points, five rebounds, one assist and two steals. Henderson has scored in double figures in 12-straight games.
HEAT PLAYER OF THE GAME
Three-time MVP LeBron James showcased his talents, scoring a game-high 32 points on 11-for-14 shooting from the field, while dishing out 10 assists, grabbing eight rebounds and coming up with three steals. He was also nearly perfect from the charity stripe (10-for-11).
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds…Bismack Biyombo displayed his effectiveness on the boards by pulling down nine defensive rebounds and two offensive rebounds…Jeffrey Taylor had a productive outing, scoring eight points and pulling down five rebounds. NEXT UP
The Bobcats will return back home to take on the Orlando Magic on March 27 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.