The Bobcats (7-42) were able to get off to a quick start with Corey Maggette (9) and Gerald Henderson (7) combining for 16 of the Charlotte’s first 20 points as they Bobcats jumped out to a 20-9 lead. However, it would not be enough as the Nuggets were able to overcome 25 turnovers to defeat the Bobcats, 99-88, on March 30 at Time Warner Cable Arena®.
The second quarter got started with the Bobcats leading the Nuggets, 28-23, but Denver got right back in the game. Denver outscored Charlotte 29-15 in the first 11 minutes of the second quarter to take a 52-43 lead… However, the Bobcats outscored the Nuggets 8-0 in the last minute of the half to pull within 52-51 at the half… Another quick start in the second half for the Nuggets stretched the lead out to 70-59, and they were able to keep the Bobcats at arm’s reach the rest of the game.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Even though the Denver Nuggets did not get up near the shots Charlotte did, they were much more efficient. On the night, Denver hit 52.1 percent (38 of 73), while the Bobcats shot only 36.7 percent (36 of 98)… The percentage was high for the Nuggets, because they were able to score 58 points in the paint, compared to only 38 by Charlotte.. Denver was also able to win the battle on the glass, outrebounding the Bobcats, 49-34.. The Nuggets were sloppy with the ball, turning it over 25 times, compared to only nine turnovers for the Bobcats… A lot of the Nuggets turnovers were because of a Charlotte defense that had 11 steals in the game.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Gerald Henderson had a big night scoring, leading the Bobcats with a game-high 21 points, two assists and two steals..
BOBCATS TOP RESERVE
Reggie Williams had a solid outing off the bench, scoring 15 points in only 21 minutes of playing time.
NUGGETS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Arron Afflalo had a huge game for the Nuggets, finishing the night with 19 points and 11 rebounds in a game-high 40 minutes of playing time.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
"I thought the guys played as hard as they could play. I was happy to see Reggie Williams pick it up and get his game right. I just don’t know what it is about the third quarter, we just can’t seem to get it. I keep telling the guys though, it will happen."
- Head Coach Paul Silas about the team’s third quarter struggles
"You have to play good defense, but you have to put the ball in the hole. Especially against a team like that who can score the ball so well. You have to keep the foot on the pedal because they can score in a hurry."
- Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson about the team’s inability to keep the pressure on the opposing team
Corey Maggette was able to put up 19 points and six rebounds for the Bobcats; however, he left in the third quarter due to a right Achilles strain and he will not play at least tomorrow and may be out longer… Kemba Walker was the only other Bobcats player to reach double figures with 11 points… For the third time in the last five games, D.J. Augustin recorded eight assists.
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