Recap: Bobcats Cold Shooting Results in Loss to Rockets

Bobcats Cold Shooting Results in Loss to Rockets
Byron Mullens Double-Double Impressive in Loss to Rockets

By David Walters
bobcats.com
January 7, 2012

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THE RESULT
The Charlotte Bobcats (2-8) looked weary as they put together their lowest point total of the season in a, 70-82, loss to the Houston Rockets (3-6) on January 10 at Time Warner Cable Arena®.

TURNING POINTS
This game was offensively challenged from the start despite both teams being in the top three in points allowed… Both teams shot poorly in route to a, 39-43, halftime lead for the Rockets thanks to a 12-0 run in the second quarter… Houston opened the third quarter with a 7-0 run and opened up a 14 point lead going in to the fourth quarter… In the closing minutes, the Rockets Chandler Parsons hit some clutch shots, including a big reverse layup that put the game out of reach for the Bobcats…

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Bobcats shot 34.1 percent (30 of 88) from the field while the Rockets shot 38.6 percent (32 of 83) from the field… There was little help for Charlotte behind the three-point line as Charlotte shot 1-of-13 from behind the arc while the Rockets shot 6-of-17... The Bobcats were outrebounded 44 to 57… The Bobcats did manage to win the turnover battle in this one 14 to 22… After scoring 23 points in the opening period Charlotte managed just 16, 14, and 17 points in the following three quarters…

BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Reserve center Byron Mullens had his second double-double of the season with 15 points (5 of 11 shooting), 10 rebounds and one block…

BOBCATS TOP RESERVE
Kemba Walker (nine points, eight rebounds) and DJ White (nine points, six rebounds) led the Bobcats off the bench…

ROCKETS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Chandler Parsons led the Rockets with a career-high 20 points on 9-of-16 shooting and added seven rebounds…

INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
"It just didn’t happen. I thought we were tired and we couldn’t really do anything. Couldn’t run and couldn’t defend. It was just one of those nights. We had shots right at the hoop that we couldn’t convert but I can’t fault them, they played as well as they could play. We just didn’t have it and they (Rockets) were sitting here waiting for us to come in after playing a tough game last night."
-Bobcats Head Coach Paul Silas

"It's frustrating that we took another loss tonight but that’s the NBA; this league is hard, especially with so many games in a short time. We just got to come out with energy. I know everyone was kind of tired tonight and it showed. So tomorrow we’re going to come in here and get treatments, get in the cold tub, and be ready to go for the game against Atlanta."
-Bobcats Center Byron Mullens

GAME NOTES
D.J. Augustin scored 11 points and Gerald Henderson chipped in 12 points for Charlotte… Boris Diaw had eight rebounds, four points and three assists… Tyrus Thomas sat out with left ankle soreness and Corey Maggette missed the game with a strained left hamstring… Reggie Williams and Eddie Najera were listed on the injury report as they recover from their respective knee surgeries… Charlotte plays three games in three nights starting this Thursday in Atlanta…

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