When Charlotte squared off with the Hornets in New Orleans on March 12, the Bobcats (7-53) were able to come away with a 73-71 victory. The rematch was another defensive struggle, but this time the Hornets (19-42) defeated the Bobcats, 75-67, on April 16 at Time Warner Cable Arena®.
Both teams got off to slow starts in the first quarter, but the Bobcats were able to take a 15-14 lead at quarter’s end… The Hornets appeared to be on their way to pulling away, but an 18-6 run by the Bobcats to close out the first half gave them a 39-35 lead at the intermission… The game slowed down offensively in the third with the Hornets outscoring the Bobcats 12-8 to tie the game at 47 entering the final period… With the score 66-64 in favor of the Hornets, Greivis Vasquez hit a runner at the end of the shot clock to give the Hornets the cushion they needed to preserve the win..
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Neither team could get into any kind of rhythm from the field. New Orleans was only able to connect on 33.8 percent (26 of 77), while Charlotte only hit 30.3 percent (23 of 76)… Each team was only able to hit 1 3-pointer each, shooting a combined 7.4 percent from deep… The Hornets were able to capitalize on their free throws, hitting 88 percent (22 of 25), while the Bobcats struggled, hitting only 66 percent (20 of 30)… The Bobcats did a great job of contesting at the rim, blocking 10 shots… The rebounding battle was close, with the Hornets outrebounding the Bobcats, 50-45.
BOBCATS PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Gerald Henderson had a big game from the field, finishing the game with a game-high 27 points to go along with four rebounds, three blocks and two assists.
Kemba Walker started at point guard for the injured D.J. Augustin and contributed with 14 points, five rebounds and three assists.
HORNETS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Carl Landry came off the bench for the Hornets to post a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
"We were getting stops and that was the positive. I kept harping on the fact that we kept getting stop after stop after stop, but the ball just wasn’t going in the hoop for us tonight."
- Bobcats Assistant coach Stephen Silas on the team’s shooting
"The hardest thing is that we played so hard. When you really lay it out on the line like that, it’s tough to come in here with a loss, knowing that shooting was really the thing that defeated us. We kept them down to 34 percent (from the field). We’ve just got to play it out and move on to the next game."
- Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson on the team’s effort
D.J. Augustin (knee) and Reggie Williams (concussion) were unable to go due to their respective injuries… Tyrus Thomas returned from injury to score seven points and grab six rebounds… The 20 points the teams combined for in the third quarter was a lowest in the NBA since 2004.
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