Charlotte fought all the way back from a 16-point first quarter deficit on October 20, 2012 in Detroit but could not hold off the Pistons in an 85-80 loss at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Kemba Walker led the Cats with 15 points, while Tyrus Thomas finished with 14 points and 16 rebounds.
The Pistons hit their first four shots of the game to take an early 12-4 lead and finished the quarter shooting 52.6 percent (10 of 19) from the field. The Bobcats had good looks in the first but could not get shots to fall. They connected on just 22.7 percent (5 of 22) and faced a 30-14 deficit heading into the second quarter… Trailing 73-62 with seven minutes remaining, Charlotte rattled off an 11-0 run thanks to nine points from Kemba Walker and tied the game, 73-73… Down 83-80 with 15.9 seconds remaining, Walker couldn’t connect on a game-tying 3-pointer and Brandon Knight iced the game with two free throws.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Bobcats defense buckled down after allowing Detroit to shoot 52.6 percent from the field in the first quarter. Charlotte held the Pistons to 32.1 percent (18 of 56) the rest of the way… The Cats made the most of Detroit’s miscues, turning 20 Pistons turnovers into 28 points… The Bobcats continue to get to the free throw line but need to shoot a better percentage there. Charlotte connected on 68.0 percent (17 of 25) of its freebies to the Pistons 75.0 percent (24 of 32).
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Tyrus Thomas was all over the court, playing with energy and intensity. He finished with 14 points, 16 rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot.
BOBCATS TOP RESERVE
Ben Gordon scored 13 points, including three 3-pointers, brought down three rebounds and added two assists, two steals and a blocked shot in his return to Detroit.
PISTONS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Rodney Stuckey scored a game-high 16 points and shot better from 3-point range (4 of 7 for 57.1 percent) than he did from the field overall (5 of 17 for 29.4 percent). He also handed out four assists.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
“Tyrus is getting in shape. Playing pressure defense, obviously the way we love, he can switch out on point guards and guards and create all kinds of havoc because of his length.”
- Bobcats Head Coach Mike Dunlap on Tyrus Thomas
“He's a one man wrecking crew. He can bring the ball off the dribble much like (Steve) Nash can into spots with the dribble and once he gets in there we're still working on how to play in a crowd. He's trying more and more to slow down in there and stay on his feet and not jump in the air. But his improvement has been remarkable.”
- Bobcats Head Coach Mike Dunlap on Kemba Walker
Five Cats scored in double digits – Walker (15), Thomas (14), Gordon (13), Ramon Sessions (13) and Brendan Haywood (11)… Gordon is the only Cats player to score in double digits in all five preseason games... Byron Mullens missed his first preseason game with a right knee bruise… With Mullens out, rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is the only Bobcats player to start every game in the preseason… Corey Maggette did not get the chance to play against his former squad. He missed the game for the Pistons with a left calf strain.
The Cats head to Raleigh, NC to take on the defending champion Miami Heat on October 23, 2012 at PNC Arena. Make sure to join the live chat on bobcats.com.