The Bobcats bounced back from a 20-point first-half deficit behind the hot hand of Gerald Henderson in the second quarter on October 26, 2012 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. Henderson missed all eight of his shots in the first half but hit his first six coming out of the locker room and finished with 17 points. The Cats cut it to 85-82 late before seeing the Mavs end the game on a 14-0 run and take the 99-82 win.
With the Bobcats trailing 63-43 seconds into the second half, Gerald Henderson took over, scoring 13 of the Cats next 14 points on 6-of-6 shooting capped by a trey that cut the lead to 65-54… The Mavs built the lead back to 81-67 at the 10:21 mark of the fourth before Henderson and the Cats got hot again. Behind four more points from Hendo, Charlotte closed the gap to 85-82 with a 15-4 run… Having battled back for much of the contest, the Bobcats couldn’t complete the comeback as Dallas scored the final 14 points of the game.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Charlotte was outshot in this one 43.0 percent (34 of 79) to 30.3 percent (30 of 99), but the Cats bounced back nicely after starting the game 1 of 18 (5.6 percent) and finding themselves in a 16-4 hole… Two Bobcats – Byron Mullens (16 points, 19 rebounds) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (seven points, 10 rebounds) finished with double-digit rebounds as Charlotte outrebounded Dallas, 55-52… The Bobcats bench outscored the Mavericks 34-28 led by 16 points from Ramon Sessions.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Bobcats Co-Captain Gerald Henderson showed the ability to shake off an 0-for-8 start from the field and finished with 17 points (all in the second half), seven rebounds, three assists, three steals and a blocked shot.
BOBCATS TOP RESERVE
Ramon Sessions stepped in off the bench and scored 16 points to go with four assists and two steals. Sessions was effective getting to the line, where he finished 8 of 8.
MAVERICKS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Shawn Marion scored 10 points in the second quarter and finished with a game-high 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting. He completed the double-double with 12 rebounds.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
“We better be ready…I think we are one of the younger teams in the league and have dynamics of new staff…We’ve got some work to do in the first couple of months too. We have to continue to improve”
- Head Coach Mike Dunlap on the upcoming season
“We try to take something positive out of every game we play. It wasn’t a great first half for us, but we came together in the 3rd quarter. We played really good defense and started moving the ball that quarter. One thing we can take out of this game is our defense and we can continue that to start the regular season.”
- Gerald Henderson on the game
Head Coach Mike Dunlap used the second starting lineup of the preseason for the first time in Dallas, with Kemba Walker, Gerald Henderson, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Byron Mullens and Brendan Haywood getting the start. This was the Bobcats starting lineup in the first preseason game against Washington on October 7, 2012. The Cats won that contest, 100-88… Charlotte finishes the preseason 1-7 overall… Tyrus Thomas missed his second-straight game with a right heel bruise.
Charlotte tips off the 2012-13 season when the Indiana Pacers visit Time Warner Cable Arena® at 7 p.m. on November 2, 2012. Tickets start at $10 and you can purchase yours here. If you can’t make it to the game, make sure to watch us on SportSouth or listen to the game on WFNZ… Don’t forget to join us for the live chat, which you can also access on the Bobcats app inside the arena.