By Matt Rochinski
November 26, 2012
Jeffery Taylor scored in double figures for the fifth straight game but the Bobcats found out firsthand why the Thunder are the defending Western Conference Champions on November 26 in Oklahoma City, falling 114-69 and dropping to 7-6 overall in the standings.
Charlotte played the Thunder close in the opening minutes and trailed just 9-8 before Oklahoma City closed the first quarter on a 19-4 run to take a 28-12 lead. The Bobcats shot 29 percent (5-for-17) to the Thunder’s 55 percent (11-for-20) in the first quarter, and the Cats missed all three treys they attempted. Turnovers also cost Charlotte in the first quarter as its seven turnovers led to 10 Thunder points… Oklahoma continued to extend the lead in the second quarter and took a 64-24 lead into the break.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
First half stats told the story as the Bobcats shot just 22 percent (8-for-37) compared to 60 percent (22-for-37) for the Thunder. Jeffery Taylor led Charlotte with nine points on 4-for-7 shooting (57.1 percent) in the first half, while the rest of the Bobcats lineup scored 15 points on 4-for-30 shooting (13.3 percent)… The Thunder outshot Charlotte 51.3 percent (40-for-78) to 29.1 percent (23-for-79) from the field, 48.1 percent (13-for-27) to 27.3 percent (6-for-22) from 3-point range and 91.3 percent (21-for-23) to 77.3 percent (17-for-22) from the charity stripe… The Bobcats had nine steals to OKC’s three, led by four from Taylor… The Cats were outrebounded, 54-37… The Thunder had 31 assists on 40 baskets, while Charlotte posted 12 assists.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Jeffery Taylor was the only Bobcat to score in double figures, finishing with 10 points on 4-for-7 shooting and adding four steals and two rebounds.
BOBCATS TOP RESERVE
Cory Higgins got on the Cats score sheet for the first time this season with seven points to go with three assists, two rebounds and a steal.
THUNDER PLAYER OF THE GAME
Thabo Sefolosha was key to the Thunder’s first half outburst and finished with 14 points, including four 3-pointers. He also had four rebounds, three assists and a steal.
Jeffery Taylor has now scored in double digits in five straight games after not hitting that mark in Charlotte’s first eight contests… Both Kemba Walker (zero points) and Ramon Sessions (seven points) failed to score in double digits for the first time this season… The Cats 45-point loss was the worst in franchise history, surpassing a 44-point loss (112-68) on February 1, 2012 in Portland… Gerald Henderson (foot), Tyrus Thomas (calf) and Bismack Biyombo (leg) missed the game with their respective injuries.
The Cats head to Atlanta to take on the Hawks at 7:30 p.m. on November 28. You can catch the game on SportSouth or listen on WFNZ. Make sure you follow the live in-game chat at bobcats.com or download the Bobcats app on your smartphone.