After their victory over the Orlando Magic on March 6, the Bobcats hoped to build off that victory as they played the Utah Jazz on March 7. Unfortunately, the Bobcats (5-32) were unable to keep the Jazz frontcourt in check as Utah (19-19) was able to pull out the 99-93 victory.
After trailing 22-21 at the end of the first, the Bobcats continued to stay right with the Jazz throughout the first half. The score was 48-47 Utah in the final seconds when a defensive miscommunication by the Bobcats allowed Devin Harris to get a wide open 3-pointer at the buzzer to push the lead to four points… The Jazz continued the momentum in the third quarter and pushed the lead to 74-54 with 4:01 left in the third quarter… The Bobcats were never able to get completely back in the game despite a valiant effort.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
In games that are close like this one, it usually comes down to the hustle-plays that determine the winner. The Jazz made more of those plays as they had 16 offensive rebounds, compared to only nine for the Bobcats… The Jazz scored 35 second-chance points, meaning that they finished consistently when they got the offensive board…. The Bobcats are improving shooting the ball, as they hit 32 of 68 (47.1 percent), while the Jazz only hit 39 of 87 (44.8 percent)… The Bobcats were able to get to the line 37 times, but only hit 26 of them (70.3 percent). Many of these misses came when the Bobcats were trying to get back in the game… The Bobcats continue to block shots on the defensive end, as they finished with nine on the evening, led by Byron Mullens with five.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Corey Maggette continued his hot streak as he scored 25 points and also pulled down seven rebounds. Maggette continues to put pressure on the opposing team defense, as he was able to get to the line 14 times, hitting 13 of them.
BOBCATS TOP RESERVE
Byron Mullens was able to have a strong game on both sides of the court as he had 16 points, five rebounds and five blocks.
JAZZ PLAYER OF THE GAME
Al Jefferson showed his full array of moves on the offensive end with a game-high 31 points, as well as grabbing nine rebounds and dishing out five assists.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
"It was the rebounding. They got so many second shots, and we just couldn't get the ball. Then we had to start doubling Jefferson because he really had it going on tonight. I really like how we came back, we were down by 20 and we didn’t quit, and that’s a really good sign."
- Head Coach Paul Silas on his team's effort despite Jefferson’s performance
"I think we ran our plays right and executed. It’s good to see Kemba (Walker) continue growing as a player. Byron (Mullens) is playing better as well. It was a great collective effort from everyone, just continuing to play. Coach (Paul Silas) made a big point for us that we need to start pressuring up more. It’s more like a college atmosphere where you’re running up and pressuring guys and giving us an opportunity. We have so many guys that can do that, from Kemba to (Derrick) Brown and all the other guys that come in and give a lot of energy."
- Bobcats Forward Corey Maggette on the team's play against the Jazz
Kemba Walker was the only other Bobcat to reach double-figures scoring 19 points and five assists… Reggie Williams was back from injury and played 13 minutes, scoring four points… D.J. Augustin had another solid game distributing eight assists for the second consecutive night.
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