The Bobcats (5-34) traveled to Oklahoma City looking to get off to a good start on their four-game road trip. Unfortunately, the Thunder (32-9) rebounded from only their second home loss of the season as they defeated the Bobcats, 122-95, on March 10 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.
The Bobcats were hanging with the West’s best team when Reggie Williams got a fastbreak layup that cut the lead to 31-29 with 9:30 left in the second quarter… However, James Harden scored 10 of his career-high 33 points in a 27-11 run that put the Thunder up 58-40 at the half…. The Bobcats could not get anything going in the second half, and the closest they would get the rest of the way was 13 points.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Thunder were on fire from the field as they shot an incredible 63 percent (46 of 73), while the Bobcats were only able to shoot 41 percent (36 of 88)… Oklahoma City also shot the ball very well from 3-point range, connecting on 44 percent on 10-of-23 shooting, while the Bobcats also shot well, hitting 50 percent on 7-of-14 shooting… The rebounding battle was close as the Thunder outrebounded the Bobcats 39-37, but the Bobcats had 15 offensive boards, compared to only six for Oklahoma City… Charlotte had problems finishing down low as the Thunder blocked 13 shots, compared to only two blocks for Charlotte… The Bobcats handled the ball very well with 24 assists and only 11 turnovers.
BOBCATS PLAYERS OF THE GAME
D.J. Augustin had his best game back since his injury as he finished the game with 22 points, seven assists and four rebounds in 29 minutes of play.
Corey Maggette once again was able to score at least 20 points, something he has done in four of the last five games… He finished the night with 21 points, three assists and two rebounds.
THUNDER PLAYER OF THE GAME
For the second time this week, Harden set a new career high as he led the Thunder with 33 points, to go along with three assists and a steal.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
"I think if our first unit continues to play like that against most teams, that are not this good, then we will be up like we were in the first quarter. We have to play better. In the fourth quarter, the third unit came in and we did not stop them and we just have to do better."
- Bobcats Head Coach Paul Silas
"We were in the game in the beginning, but we didn’t stop the big three, Harden (James Harden), Westbrook (Russell Westbrook) and KD (Kevin Durant). They went off and we couldn’t bounce back. We went consecutive possessions without scoring and they would come back and score every time and they would just build the lead"
- Bobcats Forward DJ White
Former Oklahoma City Thunder players Byron Mullens (12) and DJ White (10), were the only other two players for the Bobcats to score in double digits. Bismack Biyombo was the leading rebounder for both teams as he finished eight rebounds to go along with six points… Augustin tied a season-high by hitting 4-of-7 treys.
The Bobcats will look to get back on track as they head to New Orleans to take on the Hornets. Opening tip is scheduled for Monday at 8:00 p.m from the New Orleans Arena. Catch all the action on SportSouth and listen to us on WFNZ. Also, don’t forget to join the chat at bobcats.com.