Despite leading the reigning Western Conference Champs in the first quarter, the Bobcats couldn’t find a way to close out the game, eventually falling, 116-94, to the Oklahoma City Thunder on March 8 at Time Warner Cable Arena®. Gerald Henderson finished with 21 points to lead the Cats while Ben Gordon added 19 of his own.
Henderson got the Cats off to a hot start, scoring 13 points in the first quarter and giving the Bobcats a 29-28 lead… The Cats couldn’t find a way to get shots to fall in during the second quarter as the Thunder went on a 19-0 run and pushed their lead to as many as 29 points… The Cats tried to battle back and outscored the Thunder in the fourth quarter, 28-26, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the deficit.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Cats had a tremendous first quarter, shooting 57.1 percent, but couldn’t keep up the pace, converting on just 41.2 percent from the floor and 30.4 percent from 3-point territory on the game… Oklahoma City finished shooting 56.8 percent and 50.0 percent from long range… The Thunder won the rebound battle (49-37), had more fast-break points (11-6) and more points in the paint (44-38)… The Cats defense forced the Thunder to commit 12 turnovers while only having nine miscues and managed 17 second-chance points to the Thunder’s 15… The Bobcats also did a good job of getting to the charity stripe where they had 25 attempts compared to 16 attempts for the Thunder.
BOBCATS PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Co-Captain Gerald Henderson was hot from the opening tip. Henderson had 13 points in the first quarter and finished with 21 points on 7-for-13 shooting, while contributing five rebounds and five assists without committing a single turnover.
BOBCATS TOP RESERVE
Ben Gordon led both benches in scoring with 19 points, his third-straight game finishing in double figures. Gordon also pulled down four boards and dished out three assists with just one turnover.
THUNDER PLAYER OF THE GAME
Kevin Durant proved why he is an NBA All-Star, finishing with 19 points on 6-for-12 shooting. Durant also had a game-high seven assists, with six rebounds and one block in 24 minutes.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
"At one point in the second quarter we looked up and we were down 18. We just couldn’t stop them from scoring. That’s a well-oiled machine there. They have two really good scorers with (Russell) Westbrook and (Kevin) Durant, and (Serge) Ibaka has obviously come along this year. We just couldn’t keep them from putting the ball in the basket."
- Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson on tonight's game
"He did a good job staying aggressive. That’s a tough thing to do against (Thabo) Sefolosha and also their team defense. He had 11 points in that first quarter. Coming out of that first quarter it was good basketball for us, as far as establishing a tone. Unfortunately we were hitting a desert as far as the scoring goes and we let it bleed in a little into our aggressiveness with our defense."
- Bobcats Head Coach Mike Dunlap on Gerald Henderson and tonight’s game
Kemba Walker finished in double figures for the Bobcats with 11 points, five rebounds, four assists and one block… Jeff Adrien had a productive outing with 12 points, including seven in the fourth quarter to go with six rebounds, one assist and one block in 16 minutes… Reggie Williams provided the Bobcats with five points, tied for a team-high five assists, and added five rebounds and steal in 20 minutes… Despite his impressive play as of late, All-Star Russell Westbrook finished with just 11 points, along with five assists, three rebounds and a steal… Ramon Sessions was inactive to due a left knee injury suffered against the Nets on March 6.
The Bobcats have a quick turnaround when they tip off against the Wizards at 8 p.m. on March 9 in Washington. Make sure you watch the game on SportSouth or listen on WFNZ. Join the conversation with other Bobcats fans by following the live in-game chat at bobcats.com or download the Bobcats app on your smartphone.