Unlike many games this year, the Bobcats (7-49) had a great third quarter. They shot 58 percent from the field (11 of 19) to cut a four-point halftime deficit to one as the two teams entered the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, they could not find their shot in the final period, as the Cavaliers outscored the Bobcats 31-19 in the fourth en route to the 103-90 victory at Quickens Loans Arena on April 10.
A DJ White jumper to open up the fourth quarter gave the Bobcats a 73-72 lead with 11:44 left in the game… However, the Cavaliers went on a 10-0 run in 2:22 to take a nine-point lead… They would push that lead up to 18 points with 5:09 left, and kept the Bobcats at bay as Charlotte could not get back within 10 points the rest of the way.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Bobcats were unable to keep the Cavaliers off the glass, getting outrebounded 45-32… The Cavaliers shot ball the very well from the 3-point line, hitting 58 percent (11 of 19), compared to only 27 percent for the Bobcats (3 of 11)…The Bobcats did a good job of minimizing fast break opportunities for the Cavaliers, only turning the ball over 10 times…Both teams were able to score the ball easily in the paint, with the Bobcats scoring 54 points, while the Cavaliers scored 52… D.J. Augustin was back from injury, and tallied 16 points and a game-high 11 assists.
BOBCATS PLAYERS OF THE GAME
D.J. Augustin was back and continued his strong play against the Cavaliers this season… He finished with 16 points and 11 assists.
Gerald Henderson had a great night from the field… He scored 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting, while pulling down five rebounds.
CAVALIERS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Lester Hudson continues to prove that he deserves a spot on the team, pouring in a game-high 25 points, to go along with eight rebounds and six assists.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
"(D.J. Augustin) really did (help). He settled us down and we executed a lot better with him being in there. Then we made a couple of substitutions and were right in the game. (The Cavaliers’ lead) went down to 10 and then they put their second unit in. We were going under the picks and they were shooting threes. (The Cavaliers) shot a lot of threes, they made them and that was the difference in the game…Our rebounding was not good tonight. (The Cavaliers) rebounded offensively against us. We had guys that would normally get a lot of rebounds for us and didn’t…At least there was a big improvement from last night."
- Bobcats Head Coach Paul Silas on tonight's game
"We’re all guards out there, so we were able to play off each other. Each one of us can drive and kick to each other. It’s fun playing with those guys."
- Bobcats guard D.J. Augustin on playing with Gerald Henderson and Kemba Walker
"It was cool to have D.J. (Augustin) back. We really missed him sometimes because he sets us up. He had 11 assists tonight and he scored the ball well too. It was good to have him back, especially on the offensive end."
- Bobcats guard Gerald Henerson on D.J. Augustin being back from injury
Kemba Walker (20) and Bismack Biyombo (12) were the two other Bobcats that reached double figures in points… Despite being out the last three games due to injury, D.J. Augustin played a game-high 40 minutes… Reggie Williams (knee) was still unable to go for the Bobcats, missing his fourth straight game... Biyombo had another strong game as he pulled down eight rebounds and blocked three shots, to go along with his 12 points.
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