The Bobcats (6-35) traveled to Houston looking to build off Monday’s thrilling victory over the New Orleans Hornets but were unable to overcome the Rockets (24-20), who shot 54 percent from the field en route to a 107-87 victory on March 14 at Toyota Center.
The Rockets were able to get off to a fast start as they hit eight of their first 11 shots and carried that momentum to a 30-18 lead after one…. Charlotte battled back and outscored the Rockets by two points to cut the deficit to 50-40 at halftime… However, it was the third quarter where the Rockets took control of the game as they outscored the Bobcats 36-17 in the period and led 86-57 to put the game out of reach.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Bobcats were unable to keep up with the Rockets down low as Houston had 60 points in the paint compared to 28 from the Bobcats. The ability to score inside the lane helped Houston shoot such a high percentage from the field… The Bobcats did not shoot near as well as Houston, as they only hit 33 of 81 (40.7 percent)… The boards also played a huge role in the game as Houston outrebounded Charlotte, 46-30… The Bobcats continued their run of shot blocking as they again had seven blocks, led by four from Bismack Biyombo… They also continued their aggressiveness attacking the rim as they hit 17 of 19 free throws (89.5 percent).
BOBCATS PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Derrick Brown had a strong game off the bench with a team-high 15 points and four steals… He brought energy off the bench and most of his points came on the fast break.
Reggie Williams had an all-around strong game for the Bobcats with 10 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals.
ROCKETS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Louis Scola had a big game for the Rockets with a game-high 23 points, four rebounds and three assists.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
"We just didn’t have it, we just didn’t play tough enough. They really came at us and they had played last night and we didn’t play and Houston got 60 points in the paint. So that kind of shows you what we were about today and I just don’t want us to give up. We really have to work hard and keep playing because I didn’t think we played that hard tonight."
- Bobcats Head Coach Paul Silas
"They made plays and we didn’t, we didn’t really make shots and they capitalized on our mistakes. I thought we had great looks, we just didn’t make some of our shots and we made a few mistakes on defense and it hurt. Houston shot the ball really well and played with a lot of energy."
- Bobcats Guard Kemba Walker
Corey Maggette (10), Byron Mullens (10) and Gerald Henderson (10) joined Williams and Brown in the double-figure scoring column… Eduardo Najera and Corey Higgins were inactive for the Bobcats… Kemba Walker had a strong floor game with a game-high eight assists.
The Bobcats will look to get back on the right track as they head to Dallas to take on the defending champion Mavericks. Opening tip is scheduled for Thursday at 8:30 p.m. live from the American Airlines Center in Dallas. Catch all the action on SportSouth and listen to us on WFNZ. Also, don’t forget to join the chat at bobcats.com.