The Cats traveled on Jan. 10 to Minneapolis to take on the Timberwolves in the first night of back-to-back games on the road. After a hard fought first quarter, in which the Bobcats shot 50 percent from the floor the Cats trailed 29-28 going into the break. In games this season the Cats have shot 50 percent to start the game their record is 10-0… However, the result was different… Chris Douglas-Roberts got his third consecutive start and had 16 points. Coming off the bench to lead all Bobcats was Anthony Tolliver with 21 points (5-5 from three) while shooting 88.8 percent (8-for-9) and added three boards. The Cats dropped to 15-22 with a 119-92 loss to the Wolves (18-18).
The first quarter was evenly matched and as the quarter ended the Timberwolves were clinging to a one-point lead. The Wolves went on a 13-2 run to start second quarter. As the bench players rotated in the deficit for the Cats continued to increase. The Wolves bench outscored the Bobcats 20-6, the six coming off two three-point baskets from Anthony Tolliver. In the second quarter the Cats were outscored by 19 points (39-20). As the second half began the Wolves continued to stay hot, riding the coat tails of Nikola Pekovic who scored 15 of his 26 points in the period. Pekovic’s huge quarter put the game out of reach.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Four Bobcats scored in double-digits led by Anthony Tolliver, 21; Chris Douglas-Roberts, 16; Kemba Walker (15) and Gerald Henderson (12)… With Walker finishing with 15-points tonight marked the first time in his career he did not score at least 20-points against the Timberwolves… Coming into tonight’s game Walker was averaging 23.5 points-per-game… Second chance points was a huge factor in the game with Minnesota taking a 20-2 edge while outrebounding the Bobcats 54-33, which also led to the Cats being outscored in the paint by 14-points (54-40)… In the first half the Wolves went 7-9 from beyond-the-arc (6-6 in second) after that the Bobcats perimeter defense settled down and the Wolves were only able to hit on two more the rest of the way to finish 9-19… The Bobcats shot 8-for-19 from three (42.1 percent) while shooting 44 percent from the floor (37-84)… The Bobcats bench battled back, lead by Anthony Tolliver (21) to score 35-points… The bright spot for the Cats was transition offense. The Cats outscored the Wolves 28-18 on fast break points.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Tolliver was hot off the bench putting up a season high 21 points on 8-for-9 shooting and perfect from the three-point arc. He also added three defensive rebounds to his scoring effort.
TIMBERWOLVES PLAYER OF THE GAME
Nikola Pekovic scored 26 points (10-14) to lead all scorers, 15 of which (6-6 from the floor) came in the third quarter… Pekovic finished with six rebounds, three assists and two steals as well…
After a game in which began very evenly matched the Bobcats could not keep pace for the remainder of the game. The huge runs the Timberwolves went on proved to be too much to handle. Even though the score became one-sided the Bobcats never quit, Anthony Tolliver asserted himself and finished with a season-high 21-points off the bench and Chris Douglas-Roberts continues to impress as he gains more confidence with the offense and his teammates, since his call-up in December. Coming in to this game Kevin Love has had one of the hottest hands for the Wolves averaging 29.5-points over the last 13 games and 26.1 points for the season. Josh McRoberts did an admirable job against the power-forward holding him to 19-points (6-10 from the floor)… The Bobcats only lead of the game came in the first quarter and afterwards it was all Timberwolves who had four players score in double-digits, Love (19) Pekovic (26) Kevin Martin (19) and Alexy Shved (11).
Charlotte will play at 8 p.m. on Jan. 11 to the United Center in Chicago to face the Bulls. Listen live on bobcats.com and WFNZ or watch the game on Fox SportSouth or NBA League Pass.