By Matt Rochinski
October 7, 2012
The philosophies Head Coach Mike Dunlap has been preaching since taking over in the offseason seem to be resonating with the Bobcats. Dunlap is all about intensity and pressure on the defensive end and attacking the rim with a chance to get to the free-throw line or find an open teammate outside the 3-point arc on the offensive end. Charlotte’s focus on all of these things to become tougher, faster and stronger was evident in their 100-88 win over the Washington Wizards on October 7, 2012 to open their 2012 preseason slate at Time Warner Cable Arena®. Gerald Henderson led five Cats scoring in double-digits with a game-high 19 points.
Charlotte was in control of this one from the outset, taking a 28-20 lead after the first quarter behind six points apiece from Gerald Henderson and Ben Gordon. The Cats held the lead the lead from the opening tip and spent most of the second half with a double-digit cushion. They got a scare with 3:17 remaining when Martell Webster’s layup cut Charlotte’s lead to 88-82. That’s when the Cats turned to rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. MKG made a driving layup down the left baseline, followed by a clutch Byron Mullens trey that pushed the Cats advantage to 93-82 with 2:50 remaining.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
A key part of Charlotte’s win was its ability to get to the charity stripe. The Bobcats took 46 free throws, compared to just 21 for the Wizards. Head Coach Mike Dunlap targets 77 percent from the line each contest, and the Cats connected on 67.4 percent in this one, but the important thing was how often they got there.
BOBCATS PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Gerald Henderson took the game over at times, attacking the rim and getting to the line nine times. He finished with a game-high 19 points, four rebounds and three assists.
BOBCATS TOP RESERVE
Ben Gordon impressed in his Bobcats debut, connecting on 6-of-11 shots from the field for 16 points. He also added three rebounds, an assist and a steal.
WIZARDS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Rookie Bradley Beal scored 18 points with two 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists and two steals off the bench in his NBA preseason debut.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
“It was good. We’ve been going against each other all training camp, so it just felt good to go out there and play against another team and see the things we have been working on. We see things we need to polish up on and can go back tomorrow and sharpen up a few things.”
– Bobcats Guard Ben Gordon on the game
“I liked the pace. I don’t care who you’re playing, but defensive field goal percentage tells you if you played well or not. We know we did that part. Offensively if we can get to 103 to 105 (points) in the NBA, that’s a pretty good mark. We know we have to take a lot better care of the basketball. We had 21 turnovers, that’s way too much.”
– Bobcats Head Coach Mike Dunlap on the pace of the game
A total of 10 Bobcats scored in this one with Gerald Henderson (19 points), Byron Mullens (18), Ben Gordon (16), Ramon Sessions (14) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (12) hitting double digits… All of the Cats new additions scored. Free agent signees Gordon, Sessions and Brendan Haywood (4) combined for 34 points, while rookies MKG and Jeffery Taylor (1) totaled 13 more.
Charlotte heads to New Orleans to take on the Hornets at 8 p.m. on Tuesday at New Orleans Arena. Make sure to join the live chat on bobcats.com.
|BOBCATS PLAYERS OF THE GAME|
|Gerald Henderson took the game over at times, attacking the rim and getting to the line nine times. He finished with a game-high 19 points, four rebounds and three assists.|
|BOBCATS TOP RESERVE|
|Ben Gordon impressed in his Bobcats debut, connecting on 6-of-11 shots from the field for 16 points. He also added three rebounds, an assist and a steal.|
|BOBCATS GAME LEADERS|
|Henderson – 19||Points||18 – (2 Tied)|
|Mullens – 8||Rebounds||9 – Singleton|
|Sessions – 5||Assists||7 – Mack|
|(2 Tied) – 3||Steals||3 – Crawford|
|Thomas – 3||Blocks||1 – (4 Tied)|
|PRESEASON SOUTHEAST STANDINGS||W||L|