The Bobcats (7-41) were in good shape at the half, holding a 47-45 lead over the Minnesota Timberwolves (25-27) behind 11 first-half points from Gerald Henderson. Unfortunately, Kevin Love would not be denied, scoring 26 of his game-high 40 points in the second half as the Timberwolves escaped with a 88-83 victory on March 28 at Time Warner Cable Arena®.
The game was close the whole way with the Timberwolves leading 24-21 after the first quarter… The second went the Bobcats way as they outscored the T’Wolves by five to take the 47-45 halftime lead… The score remained close throughout the second half with the Bobcats pulling within 74-71 on a Kemba Walker 3-pointer with 9:33 left in the final stanza… However, the Timberwolves went on a decisive 14-6 run to take an 88-77 lead with 3:07 left, and the Bobcats were only able to cut the lead to five but could not get any closer.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Timberwolves won the battle on the glass, out-rebounding the Bobcats, 50-38… Much of the rebounds came from Love (19) and Anthony Tolliver (11), as the two combined for 30 rebounds… This rebounding advantage allowed Minnesota to outscore Charlotte 23-6 in second-chance points…Neither team shot the ball particularly well, as the Bobcats only hit 39.7 percent (31 of 78), while the Timberwolves weren’t much better, hitting on 40. 7 percent (33 of 81)… The Bobcats did a great job of handling the ball, dishing out 22 assists compared to only nine assists.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Corey Maggette gave the Bobcats a great performance from the floor, scoring a team-high 22 points to go along with four rebounds.
BOBCATS TOP RESERVE
Kemba Walker continued his strong play coming off the bench for the Bobcats… Walker finished the game with 20 points, four assists and three rebounds while only turning the ball over once.
TIMBERWOLVES PLAYER OF THE GAME
Kevin Love did everything for Minnesota, scoring a game-high 40 points, while also grabbing 19 rebounds and dishing out four assists.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
"If he continues to do what he is doing, he is going to go down as one of the best ever. You just don’t see anybody in the league that can score the way that he scores. You have to keep an eye on him all the time, and when the ball goes up, you have to find him."
- Head Coach Paul Silas on the performance of Kevin Love
"We just got to go out there and keep playing hard and getting better. That is all we can do right now for the rest of the season."
- Bobcats guard Kemba Walker on the team during the final part of the season
Gerald Henderson (15) and DJ White (14) joined Maggette and Walker in the double-digit scoring column… Despite not scoring, Augustin continued to find his teammates for open shots, dishing out eight assists while committing only one turnover…Tyrus Thomas was inactive due to right elbow bursitis… The Bobcats continued their strong shooting from the line as a team, hitting 81.8 percent (18 of 22).
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