With Al Jefferson out with an aggravated ankle injury the Bobcats knew it would take more than a single player to replace his production, so Kemba Walker and the rest of the ‘Cats stepped up in a big way Friday night to give the Bobcats their first victory of the season in the home opener.
Kemba led the way with 23 points, but it was the defense of this ‘Cats team that lead to their success.
Picking up where they left off in the preseason, the Bobcats were able to hold the Cavaliers to only 38% shooting as a team and superstar Kyrie Irving to just 7 of 17 shooting.
“I’ve known Kyrie for a while and his dad is from my neighborhood,” said Walker, “Seeing him growing up playing basketball, we are just longtime friends. So when I play against him it’s a lot of fun.”
It must have been fun for Walker as he hit the game changing 3 point field goal over Irving with 58 seconds left to break a tie.
The Cavaliers were left with chances to tie in the final 58 seconds, but some tough defense from the ‘Cats and timely free throws led to their first victory.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist stepped up in a nice way providing 15 points and 6 rebounds, but it was Bismack Biyombo who surprised many with his first double double of the season of 11 points and 10 rebounds.