By Caroline Sikes
November 17, 2012
The Bobcats three-game winning streak came to an end in a hard-fought battle against the NBA’s best as they fell to the Memphis Grizzlies 94-87 on November 17 at Time Warner Cable Arena®. The Cats were led by 18 points and nine rebounds from Byron Mullens, while Kemba Walker added seven points and eight assists.
After getting down by 17 early in the third quarter, the Bobcats went on a 14-4 tear, cutting the Grizzlies lead back to single digits… Mike Conley sunk a 3-pointer with 3:54 left to play to put the Grizzlies up 11. Time was not on the Cats side from that point… Bismack Biyomo (four points, seven rebounds) got his own rebound and scored on an emphatic dunk to cut the lead to five with 13.7 seconds left, but the Grizzlies continued to hit their free throws to put the game out of reach for the Cats.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The story of the game was the Grizzlies scoring 25 points on 18 Bobcats turnovers and netting 30 points from the charity stripe… The Cats defense progressed throughout the game, holding the Grizzlies to 38.8 percent shooting. This is third game in a row Charlotte has held its opponent under 40 percent shooting. The Grizzlies shot 28.6 percent (6-for-21) during the fourth quarter, scoring only 19 points to the Cats 27… The Bobcats took the rebound contest 46-44, including 15 offensive boards. Rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist notched four offensive boards (eight total) to go with his 12 points.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Kemba Walker scored 11 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter to go with his game-high eight assists, five rebounds and a block. Kemba scored nine straight points as the Bobcats went on a 14-4 run in the fourth quarter.
BOBCATS TOP RESERVE
After missing the past two games for personal reasons, Ben Gordon dropped 10 points to go with three assists and two steals. The shooting guard kept the Cats in the game early sinking a couple of shots from beyond the arc during the second quarter.
GRIZZLIES PLAYER OF THE GAME
Mike Conley scored 20 points, including a 3-pointer to push the Bobcats back into a double-digit deficit. The point-guard shot 7-for-12 from the field had four steals, four rebounds and two assists.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
“That’s who were are and that’s how we are going to be all season hopefully. When we are down, we are not going to put our heads down. We are going to try our best to close the game out and try to keep pushing. We don’t want to give up.”
– Bobcats Guard Kemba Walker on the team fighting back in the fourth quarter
“You have to give credit to them (the Grizzlies). They are a very good team and their record shows it. They have very good bigs and very good players. We’ll take this loss with our heads up. We have nothing to put our heads down about. We have to come back here tomorrow and watch film and get ready for Milwaukee”
– Bobcats Forward Byron Mullens on the game
Hakim Warrick had five points, four rebounds and a blocked shot in his first game suiting up as a Bobcat… Tyrus Thomas left the game during the fourth quarter and did not return due to a calf strain in his left leg… Ramon Sessions had 12 points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal in 25 minutes… The Cats beat the Grizzlies on the fast-break, getting 24 points to the Grizzlies 18 and also scored more second-chance points (15-10).
The Bobcats remain home as they take on the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday, November 19 at 7 p.m. at Time Warner Cable Arena®. Make sure you come support your Cats. If you can’t make it, catch the game on SportSouth or listen on WFNZ. Download the Bobcats app on your smartphone or go to bobcats.com to follow the live in-game chat.