The Bobcats rallied from an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter and pulled out a 102-98 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on November 19 at Time Warner Cable Arena®. Charlotte mounted its comeback led by 23 points and four assists from Ramon Sessions.
After leading the Bucks 55-54 going into the half, the Cats started the third quarter slow getting outscored, 27-22… Opening the fourth quarter the Bobcats missed their first nine shots and were down by as many as 11 points… Kemba Walker broke the slump for the Cats when he knocked down a 17-foot jump shot with 6:26 left to play. After that, the Bobcats went on a 23-8 run to end the game… Kemba Walker, Ramon Sessions, Byron Mullens and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist all made free throws as the Cats went 16-for-16 from the charity stripe in the fourth clench the victory.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Bobcats won the game from the free-throw line, where they went 27-for-30 (90 percent) and didn’t miss a single freebie in the fourth quarter… The Cats struggled a bit to hold on to the ball, committing 17 turnovers, but were able to convert 22 points off of 14 Bucks turnovers… Charlotte was able to win the rebound battle, 44-39, including 11 offensive boards… The Bucks shot 47.3 percent for the game, but missed their last six shot attempts as the Cats locked down on defense.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Byron Mullens scored 19 points on 7-for-14 shooting. The big man also grabbed nine boards and notched one steal… Mullens continues to develop as a player down low on both the offensive and defensive ends competing with opponent bigs. He was 1-for-2 from 3-point territory and made all four of his free throw attempts.
BOBCATS TOP RESERVE
Ramon Sessions led the Cats in scoring with 23 points. Sessions hit a clutch 3-pointer with 2:25 left to tie the game at 96-96. The guard went 10-for-10 from the charity stripe while dishing four assists, grabbing four rebounds and swiping one steal.
BUCKS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Monta Ellis had the hot hand for the Bucks, dropping 31 points on 14-for-28 shooting. Ellis also managed five assists, three rebounds, two blocks and a steal.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
"We just stayed tough and stayed within ourselves. We played some really great team defense. When someone drove we collapsed and we were able to get the defensive rebound. On the offensive end, we went into Byron (Mullens) and he made plays."
- Bobcats Guard Kemba Walker on the fourth-quarter comeback
"There's nothing like a win to give us confidence and put another page in the blueprint on how to win and how to close games. We’ve had a lot of close games and we’ve won most of them, so that’s a good sign for a young team"
- Bobcats Head Coach Mike Dunlap on the game
With the win, the Cats now improve to 5-4 overall and 4-0 in games decided by four points or less… Rookie Jeffery Taylor scored a career-high 10 points to go with four assists, three rebounds and three steals… The Bobcats other rookie, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 15 points, nine rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block. MKG continues to show up big for the Cats during crunch time… Ben Gordon had eight points, two assists and a steal but had to leave the game early due to a knee contusion and did not return… Big man Brendan Haywood grabbed double digit rebounds (11) and had six points, two assists and two blocks.
The Cats continue a home game stretch when they take on the Raptors at 7 p.m. on November 21 at Time Warner Cable Arena® for Wednesday Night Basketball. Tickets start at 10 dollars and concession stands are featuring amazing specials. If you can’t make it out, watch the game at SportSouth or listen on WFNZ. As always, follow along with the live in-game chat at bobcats.com or download the Bobcats app on your smart phone.