Byron Mullens scored a game-high 33 points as the Bobcats won their third-straight game in Las Vegas, stopping the Minnesota Timberwolves, 81-78, on July 17, 2012.
Byron Mullens set the tone for the Cats early, scoring 22 points in the first half as Charlotte took a 35-33 lead at the break. Mullens did most of his work in the paint for the Bobcats, with only six of those points coming on 3-pointers… Othello Hunter came up big for the Cats off the bench, scoring eight of his 10 points in the fourth quarter, including a key putback in the final moments to put Charlotte up 77-73… Kemba Walker came up clutch late in his second-straight game, knocking down two free throws with 20.7 seconds left to put the Bobcats up 79-76.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
After struggling from the field against Cleveland, the Bobcats connected on 41.7% from the field (30 of 72), led by Byron Mullens 13-of-24 performance… Charlotte has stressed defense the last two weeks in Las Vegas and it showed again as the Bobcats outrebounded Minnesota, 40-35, swiped five steals and forced 22 Timberwolves turnovers.
BOBCATS PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Byron Mullens put up the second-highest individual scoring total in the 2012 NBA Summer League through five days with 31 points on 13-of-24 shooting. Only Josh Selby’s 35 points for Memphis on July 17 top Mullens performance. Mullens also added eight rebounds.
For the second-straight game, it was Kemba Walker putting in the winning basket – this time on two free throws with 20.7 seconds left in the game. Walker finished with 15 points, eight assists, four rebounds and just one turnover.
TIMBERWOLVES PLAYER OF THE GAME
Wesley Johnson led Minnesota with 24 points on 9-of-17 shooting.
Byron Mullens currently ranks eighth in 2012 NBA Summer League scoring, averaging 20.7 points through three games… Othello Hunter had his best game off the bench for Charlotte with 12 points and 9 rebounds… Rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist missed his second-straight game with a sore left knee.
The Bobcats will take on the Denver Nuggets at 10:30 p.m. (EST) on Thursday at the Thomas and Mack Center. Watch the game on NBA TV and follow @bobcats live on Twitter using #CatsVegas.