2013-14 Game Recaps

85vs.98

Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC
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CHA 27 19 20 20 85
MIA 23 35 28 12 98
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BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
AL JEFFERSON

Al Jefferson looked pain-free early on as he got off to a great start scoring 17 points in the first half and finished with 20 points, five rebounds and three blocked shots. It is Jefferson’s third game of the series in double figures and third game with at least 20 points in his postseason career.


GAME LEADERS
Bobcats Heat
Al Jefferson - 20 Points 30 - James
McRoberts - 9 Rebounds 10 - James
Ridnour - 6 Assists 6 - (2 Tied)
Walker - 2 Steals 2 - (2 Tied)
Jefferson - 3 Blocks 1 - (7 Tied)

EASTERN CONFERENCE
FINAL STANDINGS
W L
Indiana 56 26
Miami 54 28
Toronto 48 34
Chicago 48 34
Washington 44 38
Brooklyn 44 38
Charlotte 43 39
Atlanta 38 44

Cats Can't Cool Heat in Game 3
By Shane Skeary
bobcats.com
April 26, 2014
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THE RESULT
Al Jefferson powered through injury and scored 17 of his team-high 20 points in the first half, but the Cats struggled to keep up with the Miami Heat in the second half, falling 98-85 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Playoffs on April 25 at Time Warner Cable Arena.

TURNING POINTS
The Cats fought hard behind the early energy of the crowd for most of the first half as the game was tied at 42 with 4:32 left in the second quarter. That is when Charlotte began to lose ground to Miami. The Heat closed out the first half on a 16-4 run from that point and outscored the Cats 35-19 in the second quarter as Charlotte trailed 58-46 at halftime. The second half didn’t fair much better for the Cats. Miami kept its foot on the gas, extending its lead to as many as 26 and never looked back, taking an easy 3-0 series lead.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Heat were able to shoot a better percentage than the Cats from every spot on the floor. Miami was 43.4 percent overall, 50.0 percent from three and 85.0 percent from the line (compared to 41.5, 38.9 and 72.7 for Charlotte). The Cats set out to get to the line more often than the Heat, and did so with 33 FTA to 20 for Miami. However, the Cats left points at the stripe going 24-of-33… For the first time in the series, Miami was able to take advantage of Charlotte in the painted area. The Heat outscored the Cats 40-28 in the paint, had a slight edge in rebounds (39-38) and outworked Charlotte 15-4 in second chance points… Sloppy play remained a theme in this one as the Cats turned the ball over 14 times (including eight steals) for 15 Heat points. Miami gave the ball away just seven times for seven points for the Cats… Charlotte was able to score more efficiently than Miami in transition, outscoring the Heat 11-9 in fast break points.

BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Al Jefferson looked pain-free early on as he got off to a great start scoring 17 points in the first half and finished with 20 points, five rebounds and three blocked shots. It is Jefferson’s third game of the series in double figures and third game with at least 20 points in his postseason career.

HEAT PLAYER OF THE GAME
The Cats didn’t have an answer for LeBron James, who took total control once again. He finished with a double-double as he lead all scorers with 30 points along with 10 rebounds and six assists in 36 minutes for Miami.  

GAME NOTES
The Cats now face a 0-3 deficit in the series, winless in franchise history in the postseason (0-7) and have now lost 18 straight to the Miami Heat… 19,633 fans were in attendance for the game, setting the record for most in the history of Time Warner Cable Arena… Al Jefferson’s 15 first quarter points were the most in franchise playoff history. In addition, Big Al’s 17 first half points also broke the record for most points in a half in Cats playoff history… Josh McRoberts responded well from his fine levied by the NBA. He posted 13 points (2-of-4 from three) and a team-high nine rebounds (also a postseason-high)… Chris Douglas-Roberts had a productive game leading the Cats bench with a playoff career-high 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting… Kemba Walker scored 13 points for the Cats, his third game in double-figures in the series.

NEXT UP
The Cats will host the Miami Heat for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Playoffs in hope to extend the series at 7 p.m. on April 28. Listen live on WFNZ 610 am, the official Bobcats App presented by Walgreens or on bobcats.com. The game can also be seen on TNT, SportSouth and NBA League Pass.