While trailing 47-29 and seeing their Head Coach Paul Silas ejected from the game, things could have gone one of two ways for the Charlotte Bobcats (5-31). They could have folded or rallied around Assistant Coach Stephen Silas to pull off an amazing come-from-behind victory over the Orlando Magic (25-15). The Bobcats did the latter on March 6 at Time Warner Cable Arena®, outscoring the Magic 71-37 from that point en route to a 100-84.
Another slow start put the Bobcats down in a double-digit hole midway through the second quarter. After the Silas ejection, the Bobcats finished the half on a 16-1 run to get right back in the game as they trailed 48-43… The Bobcats continued their comeback as they shot 12 of 21 in the third quarter to take a 72-71 lead entering the final frame…. The Magic took a 79-77 lead with 9:11 left in the fourth quarter, but the Bobcats would not be denied as they finished the game on a 23-5 run to get the win.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Going into the game, the Magic appeared to have a considerable advantage on the glass. However, led by rookie Bismack Biyombo’s 15 rebounds, the Bobcats won the battle on the boards, 46-41, in what was the most crucial statistic in the game… The Bobcats shot the ball extremely well from the field, connecting on 38 of 80 (47.5 percent), while the Magic hit 31 of 80 (37.1 percent)… The Magic were able to hang around because they hit 13 of 35 3-pointers, but in the fourth quarter they struggled and only hit 2 of 11… The Bobcats were able to get to the line more, hitting on 20 of 27 freebies (74.1 percent), while the Magic were only successful on 9 of 17 (52.1 percent)… In the last two games, the Bobcats have hit 57 of 66 free throws, good for 86.3 percent…. The Bobcats continue to take care of the ball as they had 25 assists, compared only to 12 turnovers.
BOBCATS PLAYERS OF THE GAME
For the second time this year, Bismack Biyombo took on the challenge of matching up with Dwight Howard and, once again, had a great game… Biyombo had a double-double with 10 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocks.
Corey Maggette had his best game of the season for the Bobcats with 29 points and seven rebounds. Maggette was huge during the Bobcats big run, getting to the bucket and converting at the free-throw line.
MAGIC PLAYER OF THE GAME
Dwight Howard still made his presence down low with 17 rebounds to go along with 15 points… The Bobcats were able to attack the rim but not be intimidated by him as he only had two blocks.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
"It was just amazing what those guys did. They took over and won the game. It was a blessing because we got off to such a poor start and they just picked it up. You could just feel the effort. It was great."
- Head Coach Paul Silas on the team’s performance
"Anything is possible when you work hard. We did a pretty good job. Watching the coach get kicked out of the game fighting for us is a big challenge. You can take it or you can walk away."
- Bobcats Center Bismack Biyombo on never giving up in the game
"It started off with Eddie and Kemba and Biz, the way they were playing, then me and Gerald (Henderson) started to get going. Gerald got going late for our team to close it out. It was a great team effort."
- Bobcats Forward Corey Maggette on the team’s effort in the comeback
Paul Silas picked up his league-leading fifth and sixth technical fouls…. Gerald Henderson (16) and Kemba Walker (10) were the other two players in double-figure scoring… Byron Mullens had a career-high 13 rebounds to go along eight points…. The Bobcats scored 100 points in back-to-back games for the first time since January 3 and January 4.
The Bobcats will look to start a winning streak as they take on Al Jefferson and the Utah Jazz on March 7 at 7 p.m. Catch all the action on SportSouth and listen to us on WFNZ. Also, don’t forget to join the chat at bobcats.com