Bobcats Assistant Coach Stephen Silas, who was in charge of the team tonight, said the third quarter would determine if the team would win or lose. The Bobcats (7-36) trailed by 10 points at halftime, but outscored the Raptors (15-30) 38-14 in the quarter en route to a 107-103 on Saturday Night at Time Warner Cable Arena®.
The first six and a half minutes of the third quarter, the Bobcats went on an 18-4 run, capped by two D.J. Augustin free throws to change the halftime deficit to a four-point lead… The Bobcats entered the fourth quarter with a 14-point lead at 81-67, but it was now the Raptors turn to make a serious run… The Raptors were able to erase a nine-point deficit with a minute left in the game to two on a Jerryd Bayless three-pointer with 11 seconds left… However, D.J. Augustin hit two free throws with nine seconds left and the Bobcats were able to prevail with the victory…
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Both teams shot the ball very well as Toronto hit 38 of 73 (52.1 percent), while Charlotte was able to connect on 36 of 71 (50.7 percent)… The Bobcats did a great job getting to the free-throw line, and converting those opportunities hitting 31 of 34 (91.2 percent)… Since both teams shot the ball so well, there were not a lot of rebounds as Toronto outrebounded Charlotte 35-28… The Bobcats did a great job of distributing the ball with 25 assists 36 made shots… Both teams turned the ball over a lot with Charlotte turning it over 17 times, while the Raptors had 24 turnovers… Since the Raptors shot a lot of jump shots, Charlotte did not have their normal big game blocking shots as they only had one…
BOBCATS PLAYERS OF THE GAME
D.J. Augustin did everything for the Bobcats to ensure the victory… Augustin recorded a double-double with 23 points and 11 assists.
Gerald Henderson also had an impressive night in which he had a team-high 24 points on 11 of 14 shooting and had three rebounds.
RAPTORS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Jerryd Bayless had a huge game for Toronto with 29 points, six assists and four steals. He was 5 of 6 from three-point line..
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
"We started off sluggish, but man it seems like we didn't miss there for a while. These guys really stepped up. We did a great job executing"
- Charlotte assistant coach Stephen Silas
"He wants me to come off picks trying to attack," Augustin said. "I come off a lot of times looking to pass or hit the roll man, but he wants me to attack a little more."
- Bobcats guard D.J. Augustin on assistant coach Stephen Silas telling him how to attack a screen
"My teammates worked hard out there and they found me. It's easy when you're open to hit the shots. We had a tough start to the season but we are getting better."
- Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson on the teams improvement
Corey Maggette (21) and Tyrus Thomas (11) joined Augustin and Henderson in the double-figure scoring department… Bismack Biyombo nearly had a double-double as he finished with nine points and nine rebounds on the night… Maggette had his fifth game reaching double figures in free throw attempts in the month of March, hitting an incredible 90 percent of those attempts… For the second time this season Head Coach Paul Silas gave the control of the team to Assistant Coach Stephen Silas
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