Despite having only nine healthy players, the Bobcats went into the final stanza against Memphis up 65-57. Unfortunately, the Grizzlies (38-25) responded with a 28-point fourth quarter to pull away for the 85-80 victory over the Bobcats (7-55) on April 20 at Time Warner Cable Arena.
The Bobcats got off to a hot start, scoring 17 of the game’s first 21 points to take a 13-point lead with 5:11 left in the first… The Grizzlies responded with a 13-4 run to close the deficit to 21-17 after the first period… The teams played close in the second quarter, with the Bobcats taking a 39-37 lead at halftime… The Bobcats came out in the third quarter and outscored the Grizzlies by six, stretching their lead to 65-57 with one period left… This is where Memphis tightened up their defense, allowing only 15 Bobcats points in the final frame.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Grizzlies attacked the Bobcats often down low, outscoring them 58-40 in the paint… Both teams struggled to handle the ball, with the Bobcats turning the ball over 21 times, while the Grizzlies turned it over 19 times… The battle on the boards was a close one, with the Grizzlies outrebounding the Bobcats, 41-38… Memphis did record 12 steals, compared to the Bobcats four… The Grizzlies were able to hit 45.3 percent (34 of 75) from the field, while the Bobcats hit 40.5 percent (32 of 79).
BOBCATS PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Gerald Henderson continued his strong play, ending the night with 32 points, four assists and three rebounds.
Byron Mullens had a big game from the center position, getting a double- double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
GRIZZLIES PLAYER OF THE GAME
Mike Conley ran the show for the Grizzlies, finishing with 20 points and seven assists.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
"Absolutely he can. I was very proud him and gave us a chance late in the game. He hit a three and then got a steal that put us down three with 18 seconds. "
- Bobcats Head Coach Paul Silas on Gerald Henderson having big games like he did against the Grizzlies
"Guys were finding me, and I got some easy buckets and hit some jump shots in the first quarter. Kemba (Walker) was really pushing the pace, so we got out in transition. I was just trying to be aggressive, I wasn’t really particularly looking for my shot. I was just trying to get in there and if I was open, shoot the shot, but if not, find a teammate. I feel like when I’m aggressive, I play better."
- Bobcats Guard Gerald Henderson on how he was able to get into a zone
Derrick Brown (11) and Kemba Walker (11) both reached double digits in points for the Bobcats… D.J. Augustin (knee), Tyrus Thomas (knee), Gana Diop and Reggie Williams (concussion) were unable to go due to their respective injuries… There were five technical fouls and one flagrant foul between the two teams.
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