Al Jefferson led the Cats with a team-high 17 points, but Charlotte fell for the fourth-consecutive time on the road, 111-89 on Mar. 8 to the Memphis Grizzlies. Chris Douglas-Roberts notched double-figures for the fourth-straight game (15 points) in the loss.
This game was composed of runs by both teams. The Cats started strong with a 13-0 run to take a seven-point lead in the first quarter, but the Grizzlies quickly responded with 14-2 run to take a 25-21 lead after the first. Memphis wouldn’t give up their lead the rest of the way. Charlotte got as close as six points in the third quarter but the Grizzlies, led by Mike Conley, went on a 17-5 run to close the frame. Memphis would grab its biggest lead (26 points) in the fourth as they ran away with the victory.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Memphis was able to attack Charlotte offensively from both outside and inside. The Grizzlies shot 50.6 percent from the field, hit 7-of-13 treys (53.8 percent) and got to the foul line 22 times converting 16 (72.7 percent). In contrast, the Cats shot a mere 39.8 percent from the field, a disappointing 23.8 percent from three and only got to the stripe 14 times, making 10 (71.4 percent). Behind Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph, Memphis dominated inside on both ends of the floor. The Grizzlies scored 60 points in the paint, collected 51 rebounds and put up 21 second-chance points on the Cats. However, Charlotte did see an advantage in fast break points (21-16) and in blocked shots (7-5) over Memphis.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
In an off night for the Cats, Al Jefferson was still the best player on the floor for Charlotte. With 17 points, he has finished in double-figures in 50 of 54 games played this season.
GRIZZLIES PLAYER OF THE GAME
Mike Conley converted on 5-of-7 three-pointers on his way to a game-high 20 points. Conley also collected four assists, three rebounds and two steals in 30 minutes of play.
The Cats have lost four-straight on the road and five of their last six… Charlotte is now 6-14 on the second-game of a back-to-back this season… Al Jefferson’s five-game streak of 20+ points or more and four-game streak of 25+ points and 60%+ FG were snapped… Chris Douglas-Roberts tied a second-longest streak of his career with four-straight double-figure games. Douglas-Roberts is now averaging 13.3 points per game, shooting 47.2 percent from the field and 58.8 percent from three over that stretch… Cody Zeller continues his improvement as he tied a career-high corralling nine rebounds…Justin Hamilton saw his first minutes as a member of the Bobcats since he signed a 10-day contract Mar. 4.
The Cats will return to Charlotte to take on the Denver Nuggets for the second and final time this season, Mar. 10 at Time Warner Cable Arena. Listen live on WFNZ 610 am, the official Bobcats app or on bobcats.com. The game can also be seen on SportSouth and NBA League Pass.