By Caroline Sikes
January 9, 2013
The Bobcats had six players score in double figures as they faced off against the Jazz, but couldn’t overcome a double-digit deficit, eventually falling, 112-102, on January 9 at Time Warner Cable Arena®. Ben Gordon was hot off the bench for the Cats, finishing with 20 points, while rookie Michael-Kidd Gilchrist added 15.
After a Hakim Warrick dunk tied the game 29-29 early in the second quarter, the Jazz went on a 34-15 run before halftime. Ramon Sessions did his best to keep the Cats close, leading the team at halftime with 11 points… The Cats had no answer for the Jazz’s Paul Millsap or Al Jefferson who had 15 and 12 points respectively, before halftime… The Cats fought hard in the second half and got it down to a 10-point game in the third quarter, but couldn’t seem to cut the deficit to single digits.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Bobcats outscored the Jazz in the second half, 58-49, but couldn’t complete the comeback… The Jazz finished the game shooting 53.7 percent from the floor and 45.5 percent from long distance. Meanwhile, the Cats were above their season average, shooting 47.7 percent from the floor and 50.0 percent from 3-point territory… The Bobcats bench was efficient, outscoring the Jazz’s bench, 67-39… The Cats also beat the Jazz in points in the paint (50-36) and second-chance points (20-11)… Charlotte’s defense forced 17 Jazz turnovers while grabbing seven steals and turning away seven shots.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist finished with 15 points on 7-for-11 shooting, including 11 points in the second half as the Cats tried to battle back. He also tied for team-high eight rebounds while dishing out four assists and grabbing two steals.
BOBCATS TOP RESERVE
Ben Gordon led the team in scoring with 20 points off the bench on 8-for-16 shooting. He scored 11 points in the fourth quarter alone and finished with three assists, two rebounds and a steal.
JAZZ PLAYER OF THE GAME
Al Jefferson looked unstoppable as he went for 26 points shooting 11-for-15. He also added team-high eight boards, two assists and a steal.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
“We talked about it at halftime. We knew obviously that we were struggling. It seemed like our energy was a little bit down today. We just wanted to come in and provide a spark and kind of get things going.”
– Bobcats guard Ben Gordon on giving the team a spark off the bench
“In the second quarter, we reeled them back in when Ben (Gordon) came in. He definitely was a plus. I think those two guys (Gordon and Kidd-Gilchrist) started it there. Then they continued it in the third quarter, both Gilchrist and Ben from an offensive perspective especially.”
– Bobcats Head Coach Mike Dunlap on Ben Gordon and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist helping the Bobcats get back in the game
Kemba Walker finished with 14 points on 6-for-12 shooting, to go with six assists, a rebound and a steal… Captain Gerald Henderson scored 10 points in the second half, finishing with 14 total, along with four assists, three steals, two rebounds and a block… After missing the Pistons game due to flu-like symptoms, Hakim Warrick had 10 points and eight rebounds in 18 minutes… Ramon Sessions also scored in double-figures with 14 points, four assists and a block… Byron Mullens (ankle) was inactive.
The Cats hit the road for their next three games taking on the Raptors, Pacers and Celtics. The Bobcats tip off in Toronto at 7 p.m. on January 11 and then face off against Indiana at 7 p.m. on January 12. Watch the games on SportSouth or listen on WFNZ. Download the Bobcats app or go to bobcats.com to follow the live in-game chat.