After winning an overtime thriller in Detroit, 108-101, against the Pistons, the Bobcats move to 2-0 in their past two road games and break the Pistons four-game winning streak. The Cats had six players score in double figures, led by 20 points from Kemba Walker.
Charlotte started off the game strong building a 12-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. The Bobcats held Philadelphia to 0-for-5 shooting from the field and forced six 76ers turnovers in the first five-and-a-half minutes of action, while being sparked by five points from Josh McRoberts. From there, a hot-handed Ben Gordon took over, tallying a game-high 12 first-half points while not missing a shot from the field (4-for-4), including two makes from long range. Behind Gordon’s strong play, the Bobcats extended their lead to 58-28 at the half.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Behind the strong start for the Bobcats and some great defensive play, Charlotte never relinquished the lead to Philadelphia… The Cats started the first quarter with a 25-10 lead behind 47.6 percent shooting (10-for-21) from the field. They also held the 76ers to only 13.3 percent shooting (2-for-15) in the first quarter. Charlotte finished the game shooting 46.9 percent (38-for-81) from the field and 40.0 percent (8-for-20) from 3-point range, compared to the Sixers 37.3 percent (31-for-83) from the floor and 30.8 percent (8-for-26) from long range… Defensively, the Bobcats were effective, forcing 23 turnovers that they turned into 25 points, snatching nine steals and hauling down 45 rebounds. In contrast, Philadelphia turned the Cats over 18 times for 14 points, grabbed six steals and nabbed 39 boards.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Ben Gordon came off the bench to ignite the Bobcats with a game-high 22 points on 77 percent shooting (7-for-9) from the field, including 4-for-4 from beyond the arc. He also filled the stat sheet with three assists, two rebounds and only turned it over once. Through five preseason games, Gordon now ranks second in scoring (10.4 points) on the Cats, trailing only Kemba Walker (11.6).
76ERS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Tony Wroten led the 76ers in scoring with 20 points on 5-for-14 shooting and also added four rebounds and three assists in 27 minutes.
Bismack Biyombo continues to be effective on the boards for the Bobcats while Al Jefferson continues nurse a sprained right ankle. Biyombo lugged down seven rebounds and continues to lead the team in rebounding this preseason with 9.0 each contest… Jeffery Taylor added significant minutes for the Bobcats off the bench, scoring 13 points on 5-for-10 shooting. He also tallied three rebounds and two assists… In the fourth quarter the Bobcats gained their biggest lead of the preseason (37 points), extending their lead to 95-58 mid way through the frame… This was the ninth annual Cool School Field Trip presented by Jordan Brand for middle school students throughout North and South Carolina. Students are chosen by their schools to attend the game based on academic achievement and outstanding displays of character in the classroom. Tickets for the game are donated by the Bobcats and season ticket holders for use by the students.
Charlotte now heads to Greensboro, NC on Oct. 19 to take on the Dallas Mavericks at 7:30 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum. Join us for the live chat and listen to the broadcast on WFNZ.