After an impressive victory at home against the Dallas Mavericks on Feb. 11, the Cats were unable to match the same level of intensity, dropping the second game of the back-to-back, 105-89 to the Nets on Feb.12 in Brooklyn. Kemba Walker led the Cats with 16 points and three assists in the loss.
The Nets got out to an early lead and the tired-looking Cats just couldn’t keep up, but it wasn’t for a lack of effort. Charlotte went on a 12-4 run to close the gap to one point in the first quarter and kept in within six going into halftime. However, in the second half the Nets were able to pull away reaching a lead as big as 27. Paul Pierce scored 14 in the half to help the Nets seal the win.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Charlotte was unable to match the offensive and defensive intensity it showed just one night ago, as Brooklyn controlled almost every aspect of the game. The Cats shot 41.4 percent from the field and 37.0 percent from three, compared to 50.0 percent and 41.9 percent for the Nets… After handing out a franchise-record 42 assists Feb. 11, the Cats dished out just 17. Charlotte was averaging 25.5 assists over its last 12 games coming into this one… Brooklyn was able to contain Al Jefferson (12 points, 10 rebounds) and control the points in the paint, 44-38, and second-chance points, 14-6… Brooklyn’s bench gave a solid effort, pouring in 45 points to 34 points for Charlotte’s bench… The Nets also took advantage of 10 Cats turnovers and converted them into 18 points… Only three Cats finished in double-figures – Kemba Walker (16), Josh McRoberts (13) and Al Jefferson (12).
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Kemba Walker battled through injury to lead the Bobcats with 16 points, three rebounds and three assists in 37 minutes. Walker has now posted double-digit scoring numbers in 39 of 46 games played this season.
NETS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Paul Pierce caught fire from long-range and stayed hot while on the floor. He finished with 25 points and was a perfect 5-for-5 from three in 22 minutes of action for Brooklyn.
The Cats head into the All-Star break with a 23-30 record, two more wins than all of last season… With the loss, the Cats are now 0-2 in the season series against Brooklyn, with two games left to play…Charlotte is now 4-12 in the second game of a back-to-back this season… Al Jefferson quietly notched his 23rd double-double of the season (12 points, 10 rebounds). Jefferson has 17 double-double’s in his last 28 games and 23 in his last 37 contests… Josh McRoberts continued his impressive shooting from long-range connecting on three more three-pointers. McRoberts is now shooting 29-for-58 from beyond the three-point line (.500) over his last 14 games… Ben Gordon saw action for the first time since Jan. 10 at Minnesota, adding three points and an assist in the loss.
The Cats will take a few days off for the All-Star break before hosting the Detroit Pistons, Feb. 18 at Time Warner Cable Arena. Listen live on WFNZ 610 am, the official Bobcats app or on bobcats.com. The game can also be seen on SportSouth and NBA League Pass.