Led by a career-high 20 points from Jeffery Taylor, the Bobcats bench did all it could do in a low scoring affair on Nov. 18 in Chicago before succumbing to the Bulls, 86-81 in a matchup of two of the best defensive teams in the NBA.
The Cats were down, 26-21, after one but Charlotte rallied late in the second frame following a 3-pointer by Josh McRoberts, followed by a huge inbound pass to Gerald Henderson that he threw down with authority. After the dunk by Henderson, the Cats went on a 13-2 run to take the lead going into halftime, 44-41… However, the lead didn’t last very long out of the break and eventually the Bulls were able to pull back ahead for the victory.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Tonight saw nine players get minutes, with three Cats registering double-digit scoring. (Jeffery Taylor, 20; Gerald Henderson, 16; Josh McRoberts, 11) With Al Jefferson having not made the trip in order to rest his problematic right ankle, it was up to Bismack Biyombo and Jeff Adrien to patrol the paint. Biyombo was perfect from the floor and the foul line, totaling six points, while adding four rebounds and a blocked shot. Coming off the bench tonight in relief of Biyombo, Adrien had career highs in both rebounds (six) and blocks (four) and also added six points… Jeffery Taylor continues to impress with his play off the bench scoring 20 points in 33:05 minutes… Both teams shot 36 percent from the floor in a sloppy game with the deciding factor being shots from the stripe. The Cats shot 50 percent in 16 attempts but conversely sent the Bulls to the line 31 times where they were able to connect on 83.9 percent of their free throws.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Coming off the bench and leading all Cats in the game, Jeffery Taylor had his best game of this young season. In 33:05 minutes, Taylor was responsible for a career-high 20-points on 9-of-18 shooting. He also added five boards and one steal.
BULLS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Luol Deng lead all scorers with 21-points in 39:06 minutes… The most impressive part of Deng’s evening was going 10-of-12 from the free-throw line… Deng also tallied eight boards and 2 blocks in the win…
Once again the downfall of Charlotte was the lack of consistent free throw shooting and a propensity for sending the Bulls to the foul line. The Cats were only 8-of-16 from the line while Chicago was 26-of-31. When given the opportunity, the Bulls were able to connect on 26 freebies – clearly the difference in the game.
Charlotte will play Nov. 20 at Time Warner Cable Arena against the Brooklyn Nets at 7 p.m. in Wednesday Night Basketball. Join the chat via bobcats.com or listen live on WFNZ 610am or bobcats.com. The game can also be seen on FoxSportSouth and NBA League Pass.