NBA Game Summary - Charlotte at Minnesota|
(Wednesday, November 14th)
Final Score: Charlotte 89, Minnesota 87
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - After squandering a 16-point lead, Kemba
Walker saved the day for Charlotte, burying a game-winning jumper in the
closing seconds to give the Bobcats an 89-87 victory over the Minnesota
After the T'Wolves used a 16-2 run to tie the game at 87-87, Walker brought
the ball up the court and held for the final possession. He shook the defender
with a magnificent cross-over to create space and drained the pull-up jumper
to give the Bobcats the lead with 0.7 seconds remaining.
For the game, Walker tallied 22 points, five assists, four steals and four
rebounds for the Bobcats, who extended their winning streak to three with the
"It's a great win," said Walker. "Of course we don't like the fact that we let
them come back, but it happens. For us to hang tough and get the win is huge."
Byron Mullens posted his second double-double of the season, scoring 12 points
and grabbing a game-high 15 rebounds, while Ramon Sessions chipped in 18
points and six assists off the bench for Charlotte, which led the game wire-
Andrei Kirilenko posted a double-double for the injury-plagued Timberwolves.
He scored a game-high 26 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in the loss.
"There are a lot of games left, we just have to bounce back this weekend,"
said T'Wolves forward Greg Stiemsma. "It has to be a mental toughness thing.
We have what we have and we'll make it work."
Walker knocked down a 3-pointer to put the Bobcats on top 85-71 with 4:22 left
in the game, but the Wolves -- who shot just 38.3 percent for the game --
caught fire in the final minutes.
Minnesota scored 10 unanswered points to pull within four, then later cut the
defecit to two on an Alexey Shved layup with less than a minute to play.
Following a Charlotte timeout, Reggie Williams was unable to find someone to
inbound the ball to. With his thoughts racing, he called a timeout but the
Bobcats had none remaining, giving Minnesota a technical free throw with 38.9
Luke Ridnour, who finished with 16 points and 10 assists, knocked in the foul
shot to pull the T'Wolves within one at 87-86. However, on the ensuing
Minnesota possession, Shved threw a bad pass that was intercepted by Sessions.
With Sessions breaking to the basket, Dante Cunningham fouled the guard, but
Sessions missed both from the line to keep it a one-point game.
Charlotte got a stop, but Tyrus Thomas stepped out of bounds on the rebound
and Minnesota retained possession.
After a foul called on Mullens, Minnesota's Derrick Williams connected on just
1-of-2 free throws to tie the game at 87-87 before Walker finished the
T'Wolves off with a dagger.
The Bobcats led at halftime, 51-38 ... Minnesota's Malcolm Lee scored 10
points before leaving the game in the fourth with cramps. He did not return
... The Bobcats were without guard Ben Gordon, who was away from the team for
family reasons ... Charlotte won three games in a row for the first time since
a four-game run from March 25-30, 2011.
11/14 23:25:08 ET