Gerald Henderson returned in his hometown and Head Coach Paul Silas shook up the starting lineup, but the Bobcats (3-17) saw their losing streak reach seven games as they fell to the Philadelphia 76ers (13-6) on Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center, 89-72.
For their second-straight game, the Bobcats were unable to score early as they again found themselves down double-digits, 23-10, after the first quarter… Charlotte shot just 4 of 19 in the first quarter, for just under 22 percent. The second quarter saw the Bobcats score 27 points, but they were unable to stop the 76ers as they scored 36 second-quarter points and took a 59-37 halftime lead… The Bobcats outscored the 76ers, 35-30, in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to mount a significant comeback.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Charlotte continued to struggle to shoot the ball, connecting on 27 of 70 from the field (38.6 percent), compared to the 76ers 35 of 78 (44.9 percent)… Philadelphia, who has one of the best benches in the league, used that to their advantage as they outscored the Bobcats bench, 43-28… The starting backcourt of Kemba Walker (5 of 14) and Henderson (2 of 10) shot only 21 percent combined from the field.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Walker might not have shot the ball well but still finished with 14 points, eight rebounds and two assists in 32 min on the court. He played better in the second half, where he scored nine of his points.
BOBCATS TOP RESERVE
Derrick Brown had a strong game off the bench for the Bobcats with 11 points, five rebounds and two assists. This marked the fourth-straight game that Brown has scored in double-figures.
76ERS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Lou Williams led a balanced offensive attack for the 76ers with 17 points, five rebounds and four assists. Williams was able to put the statistics up in only 21 minutes of playing time.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
"You know, we just continued to play hard. That’s about it. We couldn’t make shots. We defended about as well as we could, but they were just making everything, and they’re just a very solid club. The players that they bring off the bench are scorers, and we just didn’t have enough to stop them."
- Bobcats Head Coach Paul Silas on what he saw from his team in the locker room after being ejected
"You go into the games expecting to win. It’s tough when you go into a game and you do scouting for them, and you look at tape, and you get yourself ready for the game, and you come out and lose by 20 or 30. That’s tough, but you do always have to stay positive. This season’s not going like we expected, and the only way that it can go is up, so that’s the kind of attitude that we got to have."
- Bobcats Guard Gerald Henderson
The Bobcats had four players score in double-figures. Besides, Walker and Brown, Matt Carroll and Boris Diaw reached double-digits with 11 and 10 points, respectively… Diaw and Gana Diop both returned to the starting lineup… Silas did not make it through the entire game, as he received two technicals in the second quarter and was ejected… D.J Augustin (big toe) and DJ White (knee) did not play in the game.
The Bobcats will get a little chance for some revenge as they host the Washington Wizards. The opening tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday at Time Warner Cable Arena®. Catch all the action on SportSouth and listen to us on WFNZ. Also, don’t forget to join the chat at bobcats.com