By Jaclyn Harris
March 6, 2013
The Bobcats had four players score in double figures against the Nets but couldn’t manufacture a second-half comeback, eventually falling, 99-78, on March 6 at Time Warner Cable Arena®. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 17 points for the second-consecutive game to lead the Cats, followed by Ben Gordon (16), Gerald Henderson (11) and Kemba Walker (10).
The Bobcats outscored the Nets in the first half, 53-43, while connecting on 50.0 percent of their shots from the field… The score changed drastically in the third quarter as the Nets opened on a 21-6 run and the Cats fell behind, 71-62, heading to the fourth quarter… Charlotte could not shut down Joe Johnson offensively in the second half. He finished with 16 of his game-high 22 points after the break and knocked down four 3-pointers.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Cats finished the game shooting 38.1 percent from the floor and 22.2 percent from the 3-point territory… The Nets connected on 50.7 percent of their shots, including 48.1 percent from long distance… Charlotte beat Brooklyn in points in the paint (42-26) and the two teams tied in second-chance points, each with 11. Bobcats defense forced 24 Nets turnovers, while also grabbing eight steals and blocking three shots.
BOBCATS PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist led the Bobcats with 17 points on 8-for-13 shooting. MKG has now scored in double figures in six of eight games since the All-Star break. He also grabbed five rebounds, had two steals and dished out an assist.
BOBCATS TOP RESERVE
Ben Gordon was hot off the bench, scoring 16 points for the Bobcats. He finished 6-for-15 from the field while grabbing two rebounds and swiping one steal.
NETS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Joe Johnson led the Nets with 22 points, including 10 points in the third quarter. Johnson also grabbed five rebounds and dished out three assists.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
“I was just trying to put in my part and be active on the boards, and on offense and defense be active. Unfortunately we got the loss tonight, so that (his performance) doesn’t mean anything in my book.”
– Bobcats forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist on his play tonight
“His improvement is steady. He has sustained two head injuries this year, and I really felt like over the last week, it’s the Michael that we drafted. He’s a little bit clearer, a little sharper, and quietly he spent an enormous amount of time on his jump shot, which will be three years before he gets his true return. I’ve seen guys in this league, over and over, develop as jump shooters so my point is he’s a work hard guy. People love to watch him play, and over the last two games it’s fun to see him play that way.”
– Bobcats Head Coach Mike Dunlap on Michael Kidd-Gilchrist‘s offensive improvement
Eight of Ben Gordon’s 16 points came in the first four minutes after he entered the game… Deron Williams finished with 20 points and Brook Lopez added 16 to round out the Nets finishing in double-digit scoring… Ryan Evans grabbed 16 rebounds for Brooklyn.
The Bobcats tip off at 7 p.m. on March 8 at Time Warner Cable® before hitting the road to take on the Wizards at 8 p.m. on March 9. The team will return home to face the Boston Celtics on March 12. Catch the games on Fox SportsSouth or listen on WFNZ. Download the Bobcats app or go to bobcats.com to follow the live in-game chat.