MKG Makes NBA History vs. Suns

By Matt Rochinski
bobcats.com
December 19, 2012

THE RESULT
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist put his name in the NBA record books with another 25-point, 12-rebound performance in Charlotte’s 121-104 loss on December 19 in Phoenix. MKG joined LeBron James as the only two players in NBA history to post those numbers twice before their 20th birthday. Kemba Walker added a team-high 27 points for the Cats.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist put his name in the NBA record books with another 25-point, 12-rebound performance

MKG Makes NBA History vs. Suns

TURNING POINTS
After seeing eight lead changes and four ties, the Cats trailed just 28-27 after the first quarter. Kemba Walker (eight points) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (six points) kept the Bobcats in the game by attacking the Suns at the rim… Charlotte was outscored 36-19 in the decisive second quarter after hitting 20.0 percent (3-for-15) of their shots in the frame… The cause of the Suns run can be attributed to the play of both benches in the first half. Phoenix’s reserves outscored the Cats, 34-4, in the first 24 minutes, led by 11 points (including three treys) from Sebastian Telfair… The Bobcats bench production wouldn’t get much better in the second half, as the reserves didn’t record their sixth point until Brendan Haywood’s bucket cut the Suns lead to 81-60 with six minutes to go in the third… Charlotte’s small lineup of Walker, Kidd-Gilchrist, Ben Gordon, Jeffery Taylor and Mullens made things interesting in the fourth as the Cats turned a 30-point deficit into 14 and outscored the Suns, 36-24.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Through the first two-and-a-half quarters, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (19 points), Kemba Walker (16) and Byron Mullens (13) accounted for 82.8 percent of the Cats offense as Charlotte fell behind, 81-58. The three combined to go 16-for-28 (57.1 percent) from the field, while the rest of the squad shot 5-for-22 (22.7 percent)… Turnovers cost the Cats, as they coughed it up 17 times leading to 22 Phoenix points. The Suns had 11 turnovers leading to 11 Bobcats points… The Suns were white hot from long range, connecting on 17 treys in 28 attempts (60.7 percent). Charlotte also shot 60.0 percent from long range but in less volume (6-for-10)

BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
With 25 points and 12 rebounds, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist joins LeBron James as the only two players in NBA history post those numbers twice before their 20th birthday. MKG also had a 25-point, 12-rebound performance on November 10 in a 101-97 win over Dallas. Kidd-Gilchrist is the only rookie to reach this plateau twice in his first year.

With 25 points and 12 rebounds, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist joins LeBron James as the only two players in NBA history post those numbers twice before their 20th birthday. MKG also had a 25-point, 12-rebound performance on November 10 in a 101-97 win over Dallas. Kidd-Gilchrist is the only rookie to reach this plateau twice in his first year.

SUNS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Shannon Brown scored a team-high 26 points against one of his former teams, including five of the Suns 17 3-pointers. Brown tacked on four rebounds, two assists and a steal.

GAME NOTES
Ben Gordon (15 points) and Jeffery Taylor (10) came off the bench to score double-digits, with most of their damage being done in the fourth quarter as the Cats rallied behind the small lineup of Kemba Walker, Gordon, Taylor, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Byron Mullens. Gordon scored nine points in the frame, while Taylor added eight. Walker led all scorers in the fourth quarter with 11 points… This was Walker’s ninth game of 20-or-more points this season… Mullens finished with 13 points and nine rebound, falling one rebound shy of his second-straight double-double.

NEXT UP
The Bobcats get a day off before tipping off at 10:30 p.m. on December 21 at Golden State. It will be their third game of a four-game West Coast trip spanning five days. Watch the game on SportSouth or listen on WFNZ. Follow the live in-game chat at bobcats.com or download the app on your smartphone.

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson

About the Author:

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson is the founder and Editor of Beach Carolina Magazine. Living along the coast of North Carolina, Mike has a passion for the beach and loves to bring news and events of the Carolinas to others around the world.

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