Charlotte Bobcats: Kemba Walker Works Magic
By Matt Rochinski
January 18, 2013
Kemba Walker led four Bobcats in double-digit scoring with 25 points to go with eight rebounds and five assists as Charlotte grabbed a 106-100 victory on January 18 in Orlando.
Kemba Walker (17) and Gerald Henderson (16) combined for 33 first-half points as the Cats took a 57-45 lead at the break. Charlotte broke open a close game in the final minutes of the half closing with a 15-4 run to take the double-digit lead… The Cats kept the Magic at bay in the second half and led throughout thanks in large part to Ramon Sessions 15 second-half points.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Both Charlotte and Orlando shot 46.8 percent on identical 37-for-79 shooting, but the Cats 59.0 percent (23-for-39) to 47.5 percent (19-for-40) advantage in the first half allowed Charlotte to build its insurmountable lead… All 10 Bobcats who played scored at least three points and grabbed a minimum of two rebounds, leading the Cats to a 43-36 advantage on the glass… Charlotte’s bench outscored Orlando’s, 41-33, led by Ramon Sessions 15 points – all in the second half.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Kemba Walker was nearly flawless for the Cats, finishing with 25 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals, while turning the ball over only once.
BOBCATS TOP RESERVE
After being held scoreless on three shots in the first half, Ramon Sessions found his groove in the second, going 4-for-10 from the field and 6-for-8 from the line to finish with 15 points. He also dished out seven assists and grabbed four rebounds.
MAGIC PLAYER OF THE GAME
Arron Afflalo did his best to lead Orlando back in the second half behind a team-high 23 points to go with four rebounds, two assists and a steal.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
“We try to take things from one night and try to incorporate that into the next night. Tonight we really pushed the ball. We got stops and we rebounded. We want to do that same thing tomorrow. We want to be aggressive again. It was just a good all-around team effort.”
- Bobcats guard Kemba Walker on the game
“One is that he’s a one man break, so we encourage him to freeform when he comes down the floor and the possession is his until he stops. Two is that he doesn’t turn the ball over. He’s very responsible with it and he’s been doing a better job of finding other people in the pick and roll. And three is that, whether its charges, hands on balls, deflections, even rebounds, he’s right up there for it. So I think that his growth, it all comes out to confidence. We’re letting them play a very open game.”
- Bobcats Head Coach Mike Dunlap on Kemba Walker’s growth
Gerald Henderson scored 16 of his 17 points in the first half but was limited to just 22 minutes after sitting out the majority of the second half with a heating pad on his back… Hakim Warrick continues his strong play in the Cats starting lineup. He scored 15 points, brought down five rebounds and swiped a steal for Charlotte… Brendan Haywood had a strong showing off the bench for the Bobcats with eight points and seven rebounds, including three offensive boards, in 30 minutes… Jeff Adrien tied a season high with nine points and nabbed five rebounds… Byron Mullens (ankle) was inactive for the Cats.
The Bobcats make a quick turnaround and head back to Charlotte for a 7 p.m. tip on January 19 against the Sacramento Kings. 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.