Kemba Walker scored 27 of his 31 points in the second half to lead the Charlotte Bobcats to a 115-111 victory over the Golden State Warriors Monday.
Walker scored Charlotte’s final 15 points in a point guard duel with Charlotte native Stephen Curry. Curry, playing in front of his family, scored a season-high 43 points, including 19 in the fourth quarter.
Charlotte entered the game with a league worst 89.6 points scored, but surpassed their season average with eight minutes remaining in regulation.
Charlotte’s season high in scoring is even more surprising with the absences of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Jeff Taylor. Kidd-Gilchrist is sidelined at least until mid-January with a broken left hand. Taylor was ruled out for Monday’s game with a left heel contusion and is believed to be day-to-day. Bismack Biyombo sat out with an ankle injury.
Charlotte also got an underwhelming performance from Al Jefferson, who scored just 11 points on 5 of 16 shooting. It didn’t matter Monday, as both teams backcourts took center stage in a rare shootout at Time Warner Cable Arena.
Charlotte was 6-8 all-time in home games where each team scored at least 110 points. Despite allowing 111 points, the Bobcats held the Warriors in check from 3-point range. Golden State entered the game with the league’s best 3-point offense, but shot just 29.7 percent for the game. Curry and backcourt mate Klay Thompson combined for nine 3-pointers on 28 attempts.
Still, the Bobcats had trouble containing Curry, who dished out nine assists, grabbed six rebounds, and attempted 12 free throws. Curry, who made a memorable college career in state at Davidson, is having a breakout season with the Warriors. Curry entered the game averaging 22.5 points, 8.9 assists and shooting over 42 percent from 3-point range.
Curry looked every bit like the star many expected him to become after his playoff performance last season, but Walker matched him move for move Monday night. After a slow start to the season, Walker is starting to find his rhythm on offense. Walker is averaging 20.4 points and shooting 46 percent in his last five games.
David Lee had 14 points and a season-high 16 rebounds.
Gerald Henderson scored in double digits for the 12th consecutive game, with 24 points. Henderson is averaging 18.8 points on 50 percent shooting in his last five games. Ramon Sessions and Ben Gordon combined for 25 points off the bench. Gordon has found himself back in the Bobcats rotation with the amount of injuries the team has suffered over the past week.
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