By Caroline Sikes
April 1, 2013
|BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI|
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Despite a close game in the first half, the Bobcats couldn’t break the Bucks momentum in the second half, eventually falling, 131-102, on April 1 in Milwaukee. Kemba Walker finished in double-figure scoring for the 16th game in a row with 27 points and six assists.
The Bobcats shot the ball particularly well in the first half (62.9 percent) but struggled to protect the ball, committing nine turnovers… The second quarter was a shootout between the two teams with Milwaukee scoring 40 points and Charlotte pouring in 35. Ben Gordon went 6-for-6 in the second frame for 14 points and pulled the Cats within one at 52-51 when he sank a 3-pointer with 4:04 to play before the half… The Bobcats kept the deficit in single digits for the majority of the third quarter, but couldn’t slow the hot Bucks in the final frame. Charlotte couldn’t find a way claw back down the stretch, as they were outscored in the second half, 62-42.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Bobcats were hot in the first half shooting 62.9 percent and 50.0 percent from long range and they finished shooting 50.7 percent (37-for-73) for the game and 31.6 percent (6-for-19) from beyond the arc, even though the offense didn’t come as easily in the second half. For the Bucks, they connected on 51.0 percent (51-for-100) from the floor and 51.9 percent (14-for-27) from 3-point territory… Turnovers are what hurt the Cats the most. As a team that usually takes good care of the ball, the Bobcats committed 21 miscues, which led to 31 points for the Bucks… Milwaukee also did a good job to beat the Cats in fast break points (15-13), points in the paint (52-32) and won the rebound battle (45-32).
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Kemba Walker finished in double figure scoring for the 16th game in a row and had 20-plus points for the fourth time in six games. Walker finished with 27 points, six assists, two rebounds, one block and one steal. The Co-Captain also did a good job of getting to the charity stripe where he finished 11-for-13.
BOBCATS TOP RESERVE
In a game that saw a lot of bench production for both sides, Ben Gordon led the Cats reserves in scoring with 14 points, going 6-for-8 from the floor and 2-for-3 from long range in 20 minutes.
BUCKS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Larry Sanders had an efficient night for the Bucks as he tallied his 25th double-double of the season. Sanders finished with 24 points on 11-for-19 shooting while pulling down 13 boards and dishing out two assists.
The Bobcats were without Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who was dealing with a personal family matter, and Byron Mullens, who missed his third consecutive game with a sore ankle… Tyrus Thomas logged 26 minutes as he saw his first game action since February 6. Thomas finished in double figures with 13 points, while pulling down two boards, handing out two assists and swiping a steal… Gerald Henderson had another big night for the Cats with 17 points on 6-for-11 shooting. Hendo went 5-for-6 from the free throw line, while adding two rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one steal… Jeffery Taylor got the starting nod in Kidd-Gilchrist’s absence. Taylor had seven points, five rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block… Josh McRoberts led the team in rebounding with 10 boards, adding eight points and four assists… Ramon Sessions (MCL sprain) and Brendan Haywood (foot) were inactive for the Bobcats.
The Bobcats return home to take on the 76ers at 7 p.m. on April 3 at Time Warner Cable® Arena as part of Wednesday Night Basketball. Make sure you come out to support your Cats and check out all of the Wednesday Night Basketball specials at the arena and the Epicentre. If you can’t make it out, watch the game on SportSouth or listen on WFNZ. You can follow the live in-game chat with other Cats fans by going to bobcats.com or download the Bobcats app on your smartphone.