Ben Gordon scored in double figures for the eighth-straight game, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a first half deficit, as the Bobcats fell to the Raptors, 99-78, on January 11 in Toronto. Five Cats finished in double figures, including Gordon, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Kemba Walker all with 12 points apiece.
The Raptors came out hot from the opening tip, looking to pay the Bobcats back for the controversial win the Cats took in November at Time Warner Cable Arena®. The Raptors jumped out to a 19-6 lead in the first quarter, putting the Bobcats on their heels and allowing Toronto to hold a double-digit lead for the entire second half. The Bobcats traded baskets with the Raptors for most of the game, but couldn’t find a way to get crucial stops on the defensive end to reel the score in.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Bobcats struggled to contain the Raptors defensively, allowing them to go 12-for-27 from 3-point territory. It was a tough night in the paint as well, while the Raptors outrebounded Charlotte, 48-41, and outscored the Cats in the paint, 34-28. The most lopsided stat was the Raptors grabbing 21 offensive rebounds, leading to 22 second-chance points compared to the Bobcats’ nine… Offensively the Cats couldn’t find a rhythm, only shooting 37.3 percent from the floor and didn’t make a 3-pointer until Reggie Williams sank one with six minutes to play in the fourth quarter. The Bobcats tried to battle back at the free throw line where they went 19-for-22 compared to the Raptors 9-for-11.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Kemba Walker tried to mount the comeback for the Bobcats, tying for team-high 12 points, tying his season-high eight rebounds and adding two assists and two steals.
BOBCATS TOP RESERVE
Ben Gordon was the only Bobcat to have double-figure scoring at halftime with 10 points, finishing with 12 points, two assists, two rebounds and a steal.
RAPTORS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Long-time Pistons Forward Tayshaun Prince did his best to keep the Pistons win streak alive, dropping 21 points on 9-for-15 shooting, to go with seven boards, three assists, a steal and a block.
Rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored in double figures for his third-straight game since returning to the starting lineup after suffering from a cornea scratch against the Hornets. Kidd-Gilchrist finished with 12 points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal… The Cats other rookie, Jeffery Taylor, scored all 10 of his points in the second half on 3-for-6 shooting, including 2-for-3 from beyond the arc in 17 minutes… Jeff Adrien also provided a lift for the Cats in the second half coming off the bench. He grabbed team-high nine rebounds, including five offensive boards to go with four points… Ramon Sessions provided valuable minutes off the bench for the Bobcats, finishing with 11 points, three assists, one rebound and no turnovers… Byron Mullens (ankle) was inactive.
The Bobcats continue on the road when they tip off against the Pacers at 7 p.m. on January 12 before heading to Boston to take on the Celtics at 7:30 p.m. on January 14. Catch both games on SportSouth or listen on WFNZ. You can follow the live in-game chat by going to bobcats.com or downloading the Bobcats app on your smartphone.