After trailing 46-44 at the half, the Bobcats (7-36) were unable to find their shot in the second half, hitting only 11 of 38 (28.9 percent) from the field as they lost, 105-80, to the 76ers (26-20) on March 19 at Time Warner Cable Arena®.
The 76ers started the second half on a 12-4 run to extend the lead to 58-48 on a Jrue Holliday runner with 6:52 left in the third… Philadelphia took a 13- point lead going into the fourth quarter and never allowed the Bobcats back in the game and wound up with the 25-point victory.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The 76ers won the battle of the boards, 51-31, due to a relentless effort, led by Spencer Hawes who had 11 of them… The rebounding advantage for the 76ers helped them as the outscored the Bobcats 24-11 in second-chance points… Philadelphia shot the ball well from the field, hitting 46 of 86 (53.5 percent), while the Bobcats were only able to connect on 29 of 75 (38.7 percent)… Charlotte was able to get to the line at a much easier rate than Philly as the Bobcats hit 20 of 28 (71.4 percent), while the 76ers shot 89 percent, but that was only on nine attempts… Against the league’s top defense, the Bobcats were able to handle the pressure and had 23 assists, compared to only eight turnovers.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Reggie Williams stepped in for the injured Corey Maggette nicely as the sharpshooter finished with 13 points, six rebounds and two assists.
BOBCATS TOP RESERVE
Kemba Walker had a strong game coming off the bench for the Bobcats. Walker totaled 13 points, five assists and four rebounds.
76ERS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Jrue Holliday continued his hot streak as he scored 20 points to go along with six assists and four rebounds
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
"I thought we had a very very good first half. Then in the second half we didn’t do so well. They put a little pressure on us defensively and we couldn’t score in the second half. "
- Head Coach Paul Silas on the teams struggles in the second half
"They were a little bit more aggressive defensively. I still feel like we got good shots that we just didn’t knock down. There are two ends and we have to get stops, but we weren’t able to get as many as we did in the second half. Of course, when you aren’t scoring and they are scoring, then the score is going to get away from you."
- Bobcats Guard Reggie Williams on what the 76ers changed at halftime
"We’ll use the rest and the practice time to rethink things and evaluate where we are. It is always good to in this kind of season to get two days of practice because there are still a lot of things we can work on."
- Bobcats Guard Gerald Henderson the team’s three days in between games
Gerald Henderson (14) and DJ White (12) were the only other two Bobcats to reach double-figures in scoring… Corey Maggette was inactive after injuring his back in the win on Saturday over the Toronto Raptors… The Bobcats continued their impressive shot blocking as they totaled seven against the 76ers.
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