Josh McRoberts scored a season-high 19 points but it wasn’t enough as the Bobcats fell, 103-94, to the Atlanta Hawks on Nov. 11 at Time Warner Cable Arena. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 16 points, six rebounds and two assists.
The Cats got off to a quick start, jumping out to a 17-8 lead in the first quarter and took a 54-46 lead at the half, but Charlotte couldn’t keep the lead after coming out what Head Coach Steve Clifford referred to as “flat” in the third quarter. Atlanta outscored the Bobcats 34-16 in the frame to take an 80-70 lead entering the fourth. The Cats fought back to bring themselves within five (93-88) but were unable to gain the lead back as Atlanta took the victory.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Charlotte finished with seven players in double figure scoring – Josh McRoberts (19), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (16), Kemba Walker (12), Gerald Henderson (11) and Al Jefferson, Ramon Sessions and Jeffery Taylor all tied with 10 points apiece… After shooting 46 percent in the first half, the Bobcats had trouble carrying their momentum into the second half, struggling on 33 percent shooting (6-for18) in the third quarter, compared to Atlanta’s 72 percent shooting (13-for-18)… Atlanta was also on fire from beyond the arc, hitting five of its seven 3-point attempts as the Hawks outscored Charlotte, 34-16… With Big man Al Jefferson back in the lineup after missing five games with an ankle sprain, Charlotte controlled the paint, outscoring Atlanta 44-32, but it wasn’t enough to carry Charlotte to a victory.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Josh McRoberts had his best game of the season, finishing with a season-high 19 points on 53 percent shooting (7-for-13), including a career-high five shots made from beyond the arc on 62 percent shooting (5-for-8). He dished out seven assists and added six rebounds. McRoberts has scored in double figures in two of his last three games.
HAWKS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Al Horford led all Hawks with 24 points on 60 percent shooting (9-for-15) in 31 minutes of play. He added five boards, four assists and a steal.
Coming back from an ankle injury, Al Jefferson debuted in his first home game in a Charlotte uniform this season, scoring all of his 10 points in the second half on 45 percent shooting. He also added seven rebounds in 27 minutes of play… With a season-high 16 points, Michael Kidd Gilchrist has tallied double figures in four consecutive games. Kidd-Gilchrist went 6-for-10 from the field and is shooting 65 percent over his last four games… Head Coach Steve Clifford also returned to the sideline for Charlotte after suffering chest pains while at dinner on Nov. 8.
The Bobcats will be traveling to Boston for the first time this season to tip off against the Celtics at 7 p.m. on November 13. Watch the game on Sport South, listen live on bobcats.com and WFNZ, and join the live chat on bobcats.com.