Kemba Walker scored a career high 35 points and the Charlotte Bobcats held the Houston Rockets to just 39 percent from the floor, but in the end, James Harden’s TWENTY-ONE FREE-THROWS were to much for Charlotte to overcome.
The Rockets won the game 100-94, even though the ‘Cats held leads as big as 12, were a +3 in turnovers and out-shot Houston in every category.
Walker got to the line for just six free-throws, but still outplayed Harden, hitting six of his seven threes and shooting 57 percent from the floor. Harden scored 29 points on a dreadful five-of-20 from the floor. Again, the TWENTY-ONE FREE-THROWS (just three less than the entire Bobcats’ team shot) saved his day.
Ramon Sessions and Hakim Warrick were the only other ‘Cats to reach double figures in scoring against Houston, and Sessions and Bismack Biyombo were the only Charlotte players to grab more than four boards (Sessions had eight, Biyombo had nine). Biyombo also added an impressive seven blocks to his stat line while scoring just two points on five shots.
For the first time in a while, Tyrus Thomas found his way on to the floor, and he took nine minutes away from Jeff Adrien. In those nine minutes, Thomas grabbed two boards, had one assist, and committed a foul. In his 14 minutes, Adrien missed all three of his shots, but scored two points to go along with two boards and a block.
Charlotte lost the rebounding battle to Houston 47-40, and I’m not saying giving all of Thomas’s nine minutes to Adrien would’ve helped that cause, I’m just saying.
Did I mention James Harden took TWENTY-ONE FREE-THROWS today?