Despite holding a 48-46 lead at the half, the Bobcats (3-26) were unable to get the victory as the Timberwolves (14-16) scored 56 points in the second half en route to the 102-90 victory.
The Bobcats jumped out to a quick 15-6 lead behind nine early points by Kemba Walker (five) and Corey Maggette (four). The Bobcats went to intermission with a 48-46 lead, but were unable to sustain the lead. The Timberwolves came out on fire in the third quarter and outscored the Bobcats 30-18, including a 12-2 run to close the frame and take a 76-66 lead to the fourth quarter that they would not relinquish.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Bobcats continued to shoot the ball much better, connecting on 38 of 85 (44.7 percent) from the field. The problem was that Minnesota shot 43 of 85 (50.6 percent)… The size of the Timberwolves starting frontcourt gave the Bobcats problems as Kevin Love (30 points and 18 rebounds) and Nikola Pekovic (21 points and 11 rebounds) worked the paint the whole game…. As good as those two players were, Charlotte battled them very well on the glass, only being outrebounded 46-41. They were even better on the offensive glass, as they had 14 offensive rebounds, compared to the Timberwolves 11.
BOBCATS PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Boris Diaw had an efficient game with 14 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and three steals. He was especially effective early at getting to the bucket and taking Love off the dribble to the hoop.
Kemba Walker continues to get better every day, as the rookie point guard produced another solid night for the Bobcats. Walker scored a team-high 21 points to go along with six rebounds and two assists, while only turning the ball over once.
TIMBERWOLVES PLAYER OF THE GAME
Kevin Love was outstanding for the Timberwolves with those 30 points and 18 rebounds. He hit two big threes in the third quarter as the Timberwolves started their run.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
"We pushed the ball up the court, we ran. The major problem was that we missed too many layups. We probably had ten or twelve layups that we missed in the first half. We should have been up by 20 or 25 points. Because we missed those, the score was just about even. In the second half, we stopped pushing it. We started jacking them up and there goes the game. We've got to learn from it."
- Bobcats Head Coach Paul Silas
"We're not making business out of losing so we're just in a bad drought right now. We had a tough loss tonight, and we had a chance to win this game. We really thought that we had a chance and the second half killed us. Now we've got to regroup and get ready for tomorrow."
- Bobcats Forward Corey Maggette
Kemba Walker competed well against Rondo, as Walker had 16 points, seven rebounds and two assists… The Bobcats had limited production from their big guys, as Bismack Biyombo (three), Boris Diaw (four) and Tyrus Thomas (two) combined for nine total points… D.J. Augustin (big toe), and Corey Maggette (hamstring) were inactive for the Bobcats.
D.J. Augustin was back in action for the first time in 12 games since injuring his right big toe. He played 24 minutes and scored nine points to go along with two rebounds and two assists… Gerald Henderson was inactive due to his hamstring injury, but the Bobcats are hopeful he might be able to play over the weekend.