After battling back in the fourth quarter, the Bobcats lost to the 76ers, 104-98, on November 30 in Time Warner Cable Arena®. Six players scored in double figures for the Cats, led by 19 points from Ben Gordon. Kemba Walker tied his season high with nine assists while scoring 13 points to go with four rebounds, two steals and block in only 27 minutes.
During the third quarter, the 76ers went on a run led by eight points from Jrue Holiday to give them their largest lead of 10 points… The Cats battled back, tying the game at 81-81 after Ramon Sessions grabbed an offensive rebound and laid it in… Former Bobcat Jason Richardson got hot in the fourth quarter, scoring 14 of his 22 points… Richardson sank all four of his 3-pointers to secure Philadelphia’s lead and stifle any closing run from the Cats.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Bobcats looked impressive on the offensive end shooting 47.0 percent from the field and going 8-for-17 (47.1 percent) from beyond the arc… The Cats won the rebounding battle (41-39), had more fast-break points (19-4) and had 25 assists on 39 field goals… Charlotte’s defense struggled tonight, allowing the 76ers to shoot 51.2 percent and 47.1 from 3-point range… Philadelphia was strong down low scoring 56 points in the paint to the Cats 50.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
For the second game in a row, Ben Gordon led the Bobcats in scoring with 19 points. He scored 15 of those in the first half to keep the Cats close. He went 3-for-4 from beyond the arc, dished out five assists, grabbed four rebounds and recorded a block.
BOBCATS TOP RESERVE
The nod goes to Bismack Biyombo. The big man had a career-high-tying 14 points to go with his seven rebounds and three blocks. Biyombo was the go-to man for the Cats in the second half, scoring 12 of his 14 points.
76ERS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Offense came easy for Evan Turner tonight. He shot 10-for-15 with 25 points, 10 rebounds, a block and a steal. This was Turner’s fourth double-double of the season.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
“We do a good job of when we have something going, we try to stick with it. Bismack (Biyombo) was the guy tonight who was getting open a lot. He got the other team in the penalty, especially in the second half, and was finishing around the rim. We have to continue to build on the things we are finding offensively.”
- Bobcats Guard Ben Gordon on the team's offense
“There’s three things going on with Bis. He’s improving. He’s 20 years old and he’s getting a nice bite of the apple with playing time, so that’s one thing that’s happening. Two is I think that we’ve been very consistent about throwing him the ball even though sometimes that’s been a little dicey so he knows that regardless of the storms in the days of his development we’re going to keep going to him. And three is that he has a physical prowess about himself and he’s a banger so he works to get the ball. Whether it’s defense or offense, he’s just such an active player, but we still have to be patient with him. He’s growing before our very eyes, so are Byron and Kemba.”
- Bobcats Head Coach Mike Dunlap on Bismack Biyombo
Rookie Jeff Taylor continues to improve on the offensive end for the Bobcats where he tied his career high of 16 points. He’s scored in double figures in six of the last seven games… The other rookie, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist recorded 10 points, eight rebounds, two assists and a steal… Ramon Sessions scored all eight of his points in the fourth quarter and added six assists and five rebounds… Gerald Henderson (foot) and Tyrus Thomas (calf) were still inactive for the Bobcats with their respective injuries… For the 76ers, Jrue Holiday set a new career high by dishing out 15 assists.
The Bobcats remain home on December 3 when they take on the Portland Trail Blazers at 7 p.m. at Time Warner Cable Arena®. Make sure you come out and support your Cats. If you can’t make it out, catch the game on SportSouth or listen on WFNZ. Follow the live in-game chat by downloading the Bobcats app on your smartphone or going to bobcats.com.