By Matt Rochinski
October 9, 2012
Charlotte traveled to New Orleans on October 9, 2012 looking to start the preseason 2-0 and got off to a good start in the first half, taking a 57-46 lead into the locker room. Unfortunately, the Bobcats were outscored 28-8 in the third quarter on their way to a 97-82 loss. Ben Gordon led the way for the Cats with 15 points on 7-of-15 shooting off the bench.
Trailing 35-28 after the first quarter, Ben Gordon caught fire in the second with nine points as the Cats outscored New Orleans 29-11 to take the halftime lead… It was the Hornets turn coming out of the break. Behind 15 points from rookie Anthony Davis, New Orleans put up 28 points to the Bobcats eight and took a 74-65 lead into the fourth quarter they wouldn’t relinquish.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Bobcats shot incredibly in the first half, connecting on 57.5 percent (23 of 40) of their shots from the field and 57.1 percent (8 of 14) of their 3-pointers… As hot as they were in the first half, poor third quarter shooting cost the Cats, as they shot just 21.1 percent (4 of 19) from the field and missed all seven treys they attempted… After getting to the line 46 times in its opening win over the Wizards, Charlotte only took 15 free throws in New Orleans… The Bobcats lost the turnover battle, 19-9, and were outscored 27-10 in points off turnovers.
BOBCATS PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Byron Mullens had his second strong start for Charlotte, scoring 14 points, including four 3-pointers, bringing down six rebounds and blocking two shots.
BOBCATS TOP RESERVE
Ben Gordon led all scorers off the bench for the Cats, finishing with 15 points on 7-of-15 shooting and adding three rebounds without turning the ball over.
HORNETS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Anthony Davis lived up to his No. 1 selection by New Orleans in the 2012 NBA Draft, scoring a game-high 22 points – including 15 in the decisive third quarter – and hauling in nine rebounds.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
“This is only our second preseason game, so we have a new coach, a new system, and a lot of young guys. We have to continue to work, continue to know what we do best, and play to what our strengths are.”
- Bobcats Guard Ben Gordon on the game
“It was a tale of two halves. The first half for us was gritty, and especially the second quarter, it was marvelous basketball. That’s what we want to play. We just couldn’t extend it.”
- Bobcats Head Coach Mike Dunlap on the game
Anthony Davis wasn’t the only rookie to impress in this one, as No. 2 overall pick and former Kentucky teammate Michael Kidd-Gilchrist finished with 10 points, four assists, three rebounds and a blocked shot in 29 minutes… Head Coach Mike Dunlap mixed up the starting lineup with MKG, Ramon Sessions, Gerald Henderson, Tyrus Thomas and Byron Mullens tipping things off for Charlotte… Kemba Walker also provided double-digit scoring off the bench with 10 points in 20 minutes as a reserve.
Charlotte returns to the Carolinas to take on New Orleans at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Charleston Coliseum in South Carolina. Make sure to join the live chat on bobcats.com.