Jeffery Taylor scored a game-high 20 points and Cody Zeller recorded his second-straight double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Bobcats moved to 2-1 in the Las Vegas Summer League with an 84-71 win over New York on July 15 at COX Pavilion.
The Cats and Knicks kept things close early on, with Charlotte holding a 38-35 lead past the midway point of the second quarter. The Bobcats opened the game up with a 7-0 run on Cody Zeller's bucket inside, Jeffery Taylor's steal and lay-in and Jerome Dyson's three-point play to give Charlotte its first double-digit lead of the contest, 45-35... The Cats held a 47-41 lead at halftime but opened the third quarter on a 10-2 run keyed by two jumpers from Zeller and an impressive underhand reverse layup. Charlotte was never threatened after that.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Bobcats continue to shoot well from the field in Las Vegas, outshooting their opponent for the third-straight game. Charlotte connected on 46.6 percent (27-for-58) of its shots to New York's 34.6 percent (27-for-78)... The Cats had 10 different players score, led by Jeffery Taylor's 20 and followed by Cody Zeller (18). Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (nine), Patrick Ewing Jr. (nine) and Jerome Dyson (eight) also flirted with double-digit scoring performances... Charlotte was outrebounded for the first time in Summer League - barely. The Knicks brought down 40 rebounds to the Cats 39... The Bobcats had 16 assists on 27 made baskets, led by five dimes from Abdul Gaddy. New York finished with eight assists on 27 buckets.
BOBCATS PLAYERS OF THE GAME
With 18 points and 10 rebounds against New York, Cody Zeller has now recoreded back-to-back double-doubles in Las Vegas. He had 21 points and 13 rebounds on July 14 in the Cats win over Dallas. Zeller connected on 63.6 percent (7-for-11) of his shots against the Knicks.
Jeffery Taylor continues to light it up for the Cats in Vegas, finishing with 20 points on just six made baskets. He also got to the line 10 times in 30 minutes and converted seven of those freebies. Taylor also swiped a game-high four steals.
KNICKS PLAYER OF THE GAME
C.J. Leslie paced New York with 15 points. He also grabbed five rebounds and had one steal.
Jeffery Taylor entered the game against New York tied with Atlanta's John Jenkins as the second-highest scorer in this year's Las Vegas Summer League at 21.5 points. Cody Zeller was 22nd at 14.5 points but should continue to move up with his performance against the Knicks... Bismack Biyombo and Zeller were tied for eighth in rebounding (9.0) prior to the game, but both should move up following a game-high 11 from Biyombo and 10 more from Zeller against New York... Jerome Dyson filled the Cats stat sheet in his second Summer League start, finishing with eight points, five rebounds and four assists.
The Bobcats might not know their next opponent until the conclusion of the games on July 16, as standings will determine Charlotte's next opponent. All games are broadcast on NBA TV.