Bobcats slip past Timberwolves, 102-101

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 26, 2013 at 10:51 pm •  Published: January 26, 2013

Porter called Henderson's game-winner after a frantic battle for the ball "just one of those fluke things."

"They were scrambling for the ball. We were scrambling for the ball," Porter said. "We had two guys on (Walker) and he found a passing lane to get it to Henderson and in a low clock situation had to turn and shoot and he made it. That's just one of those things."

Despite playing without two starters and six players overall, the Timberwolves jumped out to a 29-11 lead less than nine minutes into the game. Ridnour hit a pair of 3-pointers and Greg Stiemsma gave the Bobcats fits inside, three times getting free for uncontested alley-oop dunks.

Stiemsma had 10 points and six rebounds in the first eight minutes but struggled to produce after that, finishing with 11 points and seven rebounds.

Looking to generate something offensively, Charlotte coach Mike Dunlap went with a small lineup that included the 6-foot-5 Henderson at power forward. The Bobcats managed to cut the lead to 11 at the break and then to four at the end of the third quarter.

Charlotte opened the fourth quarter with a flurry, going on an 18-6 run as Walker and Sessions began to take charge.

"I was thinking to put the guys on the floor that are playing well and I didn't care if they were 5-foot-nothing," Dunlap said. "I just said let's find five that can make that push."

The Bobcats tied the game at 79 after a Minnesota turnover and a Walker steal led to a pair of fastbreak layups for Sessions. Walker gave the Bobcats their first lead of the game on a pull-up jumper from 18 feet with just over 10 minutes to play.

Charlotte increased its lead to eight, but the Timberwolves battled back to tie the game behind back-to-back 3-pointers from Ridnour and Berea.

Barea finished with 19 points and Rubio had a season-high 14 points and eight assists.

The 18-point deficit was the largest the Bobcats have overcome this season.

NOTES: Bismack Biyombo had his third double-double of the season for the Bobcats, finishing with 10 points and 13 rebounds. ... The Bobcats shot a season high 50.7 percent from the field. ... Charlotte outrebounded Minnesota 38-30.