Recap: Bobcats Burned by Pistons

81vs.98
Time Warner Cable Arena - Charlotte, NC
  1 2 3 4  
CHA 23 16 20 22 81
DET 27 24 27 20 98
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BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
BYRON MULLENS
Mullens followed up a career night with another stellar game, as he led the Bobcats with 18 points and seven rebounds.
BOBCATS TOP RESERVE
KEMBA WALKER
Kemba Walker was the top reserve with 16 points off the bench on 6-of-8 shooting.

BOBCATS GAME LEADERS
Bobcats   Hawks
Mullens - 18 Points 22 - Jerebko
(3 Tied) - 7 Rebounds 10 - Knight
Augustin - 13 Assists 5 - (2 Tied)
(2 Tied) - 2 Steals 2 - Jerebko
Biyombo - 5 Blocks 2 - Jerebko


SOUTHEAST STANDINGS W L
Miami 8 3
Orlando 8 3
Atlanta 8 4
Charlotte 2 10
Washington 1 10
 

Bobcats Burned by Pistons
Mullens (18) and Walker (16) Combine for 34 in Loss
By Mark Kern
bobcats.com
January 13, 2012
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THE RESULT
Another solid scoring night from Byron Mullens was not enough as the Bobcats lost their sixth-straight game, 98-81, to the Detroit Pistons at Time Warner Cable Arena®, falling to 2-10 on the season.

TURNING POINTS
Mullens once again got off to a great start, scoring eight first-quarter points to keep the Bobcats within striking distance at 27-23. However, a second quarter that saw seven different Pistons score helped Detroit extend the lead to 14 at the half, 51-37. In the second half, the Bobcats switched to a 2-3 zone hoping it would slow down the momentum of the Piston offense, but Ben Gordon kept the Pistons offense going with eight third-quarter points to put the game out of reach, 78-59, entering the fourth.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The disparity on the boards was not as bad as it was against the Hawks on Thursday, but the Bobcats were still outrebounded, 46-34. The Pistons had five guys with at least five rebounds, including rookie point guard Brandon Knight who had a team-high 10. Detroit shot the ball extremely well from the 3-point line, connecting on 7-of-14 treys, compared to Charlotte’s 1 of 8. The Bobcats shot the ball well from the free throw line, hitting on 14 of 16 for 88 percent.

BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Mullens followed up a career night with another stellar game, as he led the Bobcats with 18 points and seven rebounds.

BOBCATS TOP RESERVE
Kemba Walker was the top reserve with 16 points off the bench on 6-of-8 shooting.

PISTONS PLAYER OF THE GAME
The Pistons had four guys in double-digit scoring, including a game-high 22 points for Jonas Jerebko who also nearly had a double-double with nine rebounds.

INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
"Offensively he's scoring, running the court, lob dunking and those kinds of things. He just has to learn how to defend, rebound and block shots. I think he’s very good and he’s coming along. He’s one that really looks to do it offensively. He’s very diligent about making offensive plays."
-Bobcats Head Coach Paul Silas on Mullens

"Right now, nothing is going well for us offensively, defensively or rebounding. It’s just one of those stretches. I’ve been through this before, my first year in Oklahoma City. (We had) young guys and we went through the same thing when I was there. It takes time, but we bounced back there and I feel like we’re capable of bouncing back here. It’s still early in the season, so I think we’ve got time."
-Bobcats Forward DJ White

GAME NOTES
Besides Mullens and Walker, Tyrus Thomas and DJ White also made it to double figures, scoring 10 points each. D.J. Augustin didn’t score in double figures (seven points) but made his presence felt with 13 assists. On the defensive end, Bismack Biyombo had a strong game, setting a career high with five blocked shots. Desagana Diop did not play due to right knee inflammation and Corey Maggette missed his sixth-straight game due to his injured hamstring.

NEXT UP
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