Charlotte Bobcats guard Kemba Walker (15). Photo Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports.

Bobcats protect home court against Warriors


 

The Charlotte Bobcats beat the Golden State Warriors 115-111 at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte.  The Bobcats improved to 10-11, and the Warriors fell to 12-10.

The Bobcats were winning 53-41 at halftime, but the Warriors hit seven of fourteen threes in the third to narrow the gap to 83-77.  Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson fueled the third quarter resurgence, and both players kept the game close in the fourth as well.

At 8:52 in the fourth, the game was tied at 88 after two made free throws by Curry. However, the Bobcats would go on a 15-2 run over the next 3:51 to blow the game open 103-92.  Curry would get hot over the final five minutes of the game scoring 11 points, but it would not be enough.  The Warriors resorted to a fouling strategy down 104-109 with 24 seconds to go, and Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker hit six of eight free throws to ice the game at the line for Charlotte.

Bobcats top Performers: UConn alum Kemba Walker scored 31 points, grabbed five boards, dropped five dimes.  Gerald Henderson netted 24 points, and fellow Duke alum Josh McRoberts had a double-double scoring 11 points along with 10 rebounds.  Ramon Sessions scored 13 points with five assists, and UConn alum Ben Gordon scored 12 points with 2 steals in 14 minutes of play.

Warriors top performers: Stephen Curry was an absolute workhorse logging 46 minutes, and scoring 43 points with nine assists.  Thompson equalled Curry’s minutes and managed to score 22 points and dish five dimes.  David Lee had a monster double-double scoring 14 points and collecting 16 rebounds.  Harrison Barnes netted 14 points and was one rebound shy of a double-double.

Next game: The Bobcats play the Magic (6-14) on Wednesday at 7 pm ET.  The Warriors play Dallas (13-8) on Wednesday at 10:30 pm ET on ESPN.

 

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