By Ketrell Marshall
February 4, 2013
The Bobcats found themselves in a heated contest in Miami but came up short in a 99-94 loss to the Heat on February 4. Byron Mullens had an impressive return in his first game since December 22 and flirted with a double-double, finishing with 12 points and nine rebounds.
It was closely contested battle from the tip to the final buzzer…The game was up for grabs with 9:25 left in the fourth quarter when Ramon Sessions made a jump-shot to tie the game 69-69 but the Bobcats had a tough time getting a stop over the next four minutes. Miami went 7-for-9 from the field, leading to a 14-5 run to give them their biggest lead in the fourth, 83-74…The Cats battled back to bring the game within two points, 89-87, with 1:38 left in the game…Mullens pulled down a defensive rebound with a chance to give the Bobcats an opportunity to tie the game or take the lead. However, he lost the ball which lead to a dunk by Chris Bosh to extend the Miami lead to four points, 91-87, with 1:13 remaining…The Cats did not get closer than four points for the rest of the game despite made baskets by Jeff Taylor, Kemba Walker and Mullens.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Led by Sessions with 18 points, The Bobcats benched outscored Miami’s reserves, 51-20…The Cats finished the game connecting on 42.5 percent (34-for-80) compared to the Heat’s 50.6 percent (41-for-81)…The Bobcats outscored the Heat in points from behind the arc, 24-3, and connected on a higher percentage from the three-point line with 32.0 percent (8-for-25). Miami was ineffective from behind the arc, only connecting on 8.3 percent of their attempts (1-for-12)…The Bobcats won the battle at the free-throw line, finishing 18-for-20 (90.0 percent) compared to the Heat who finished 16-for-24 (66.7 percent)…The Cats were outscored, 66-38, in points in the paint.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Ramon Sessions continues to showcase his scoring ability with his 39th game in double digits this season. Sessions scored a team-high 18 points on 4-for-9 shooting, including a perfect night from the free throw line (10-for-10). Sessions also pulled down three rebounds, dished out two assists, swiped one steal and blocked a shot.
BOBCATS TOP RESERVE
Ben Gordon was the Cats second-leading scorer with 16 points. He scored eight points in the fourth while the Bobcats tried to steal a win on the road. He shot 6-for-16 from the floor, recorded a team-high four assists and had a rebound.
HEAT PLAYER OF THE GAME
Three-time MVP LeBron James, showcased his talents scoring a game-high 31 points on 13-for-14 shooting from the field, while dishing out eight assist and coming up with two steals.
Six Bobcats scored in double figures, including Sessions (18), Gordon (16), Mullens (12), Gerald Henderson (12), Walker (11) and Taylor (10)…The Bobcats beat the Heat on the boards, 40-39, and in second chance points, 14-11…Gordon has scored in double figures in 16 of the last 19 games…Henderson had a productive outing, scoring 12 points, pulling down seven rebounds, dishing out one assist and tallying two steals.
The Bobcats will take on the Cleveland Cavaliers at 7 p.m. on February 6 in Cleveland. You can watch the game on SportSouth or listen on WFNZ. Make sure you follow the live in-game chat by going to bobcats.com or downloading the Bobcats app on your smartphone.