By Caroline Sikes
March 1, 2013
After falling behind by double-digits late in the first quarter, the Cats couldn’t find a way to claw back into the game on March 1 in Utah before eventually losing, 98-68, to the Jazz. Byron Mullens led the Bobcats in scoring and rebounding with 12 points and seven boards.
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It was a slow start for both teams, but the Bobcats opened the game shooting 4-for-20 (20.0 percent), only managing a season-low nine points in the first quarter. Things didn’t get much better for the Cats as the Jazz outscored them 26-15 in the second frame and pulled away to a 23-point lead at halftime… The Bobcats managed a run in the third quarter and outscored the Jazz, 24-21, but couldn’t get within striking distance and the Jazz answered with a run of their own to put the game away for good.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Bobcats couldn’t seem to get their shots to fall, shooting just 25.0 percent and going 0-for-6 from 3-point territory in the first half. Things got a little better for the Cats in the second half and they finished the game shooting 34.6 percent. The Jazz shot well for the game at 48.7 percent and 31.3 percent from long range… As a team relying heavily on guard play, the Cats backcourt combined for just eight points in the first half… The Jazz had a huge advantage on the glass, outrebounding the Cats, 62-24, including 20 offensive boards. The Jazz also dominated on fast-break points (30-2) and points in the paint (46-32). The Cats did force 23 Jazz turnovers while only committing 14 miscues.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Byron Mullens led the Bobcats in scoring with 12 points to go with a team-high seven rebounds while just committing one turnover.
BOBCATS TOP RESERVE
In a tough offensive night for the Cats, Ramon Sessions finished in double figures with 11 points on 4-for-8 shooting with one assist and one steal.
JAZZ PLAYER OF THE GAME
Enes Kanters was big for the Jazz tonight as he set a career-high in points and rebounds. Kanters had 23 points, 22 rebounds and one block.
Kemba Walker contributed eight points and a game-high seven assists, with two rebounds and two steals… Michael Kidd-Gilchrist posted eight points, four rebounds, two steals and a block in 27 minutes… Josh McRoberts went 3-for-4 from the floor for seven points, two rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block… Jeff Adrien also finished with eight points to go along with two rebounds, two steals and a block… Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson, the Jazz’s two leading scorers, did not play due to ankle injuries.
The Bobcats continue on the road when they take on the Kings on March 3 at 6:00 p.m. in Sacramento before wrapping up their road trip on March 4 at 10:00 p.m. against the Trail Blazers. You can watch both games on SportSouth or listen on WFNZ. Make sure you join the live in-game chat by going to bobcats.com or downloading the Bobcats app on your smartphone.