By Ketrell Marshall
January 23, 2013
Ramon Sessions scored a season-high 27 points, but despite a late run in the fourth quarter to bring down the deficit to seven, the Bobcats couldn’t find a way to take the lead before losing to the Hawks, 104-92, on January 23 during Wednesday Night Basketball at Time Warner Cable Arena®.
The Bobcats started off slow in the second half, connecting on two of their first 11 shots and fell behind 70-53 with six minutes left in the third. The Cats couldn’t get the shots to fall in the third frame shooting 31.6 percent from the field (6-for-19), while Atlanta connected on 43.7 percent (11-for-23). With the Cats struggling to make shots in the third, they went into the final quarter down 79-67… Ramon Sessions kept the Bobcats in the game early in the fourth, scoring eight of the Cats first 14 points to cut the Hawks lead to seven points, 88-81, with 6:30 remaining in the game… Atlanta responded with a 7-2 run and did not let the Bobcats get closer than nine points for the rest of the game.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Led by 27 points from Ramon Sessions, the Bobcats bench outscored Atlanta’s reserves, 61-28…The Cats couldn’t keep up with the Hawks hot shooting and finished the game connecting on 40.8 percent (31-for-76) compared to the Hawks 49.4 percent (43-for-87)……The Cats did a great job of getting to the free-throw line and converting, finishing 24-for-29 (82.8) from the charity stripe…Charlotte was outscored 23-13 in second chance points but held a 24-14 scoring advantage in fast break points.
BOBCATS PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Ramon Sessions has scored in double figures in 11 of his last 12 games. He finished with a team-high 27 points on 10-for-16 shooting, including 19 points in the second half. He also tied for a team-high with five assists while pulling down five rebounds and tallying two steals.
Ben Gordon was the Cats second-leading scorer with 15 points. He scored seven points in the fourth while the Bobcats tried to mount a comeback. He shot 6-for-12 from the floor and 3-for-4 from behind the arc. Gordon also grabbed six rebounds and contributed defensively with a steal.
HAWKS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Josh Smith showcased his NBA All-Star talent, as he flirted with a triple-double. Smith finished with a game-high 30 points while recording 13 rebounds, eight assists and three blocks.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
“We’ve got a couple of wins on the road. We just have to get it together here at home. We have another one on Saturday against Minnesota. We just have to get ready and try to play good for 48 minutes.”
– Bobcats guard Ramon Sessions on the team’s play at home
“The frustration’s high. When you’re in charge, and I’m in charge, that frustration has to be handled the right way. I can do a lot of things to show emotion right now but if I want to have control, and I see the long term of what we’re trying to achieve, then there’s an understanding that we’re doing certain things here and unfortunately we’re going to have nights like this. As a professional, my answer to you is that handling that starts behind closed doors and it’s a ‘we’ thing. I accept full responsibility for it and I know we have a better team in that locker room than how we played tonight.”
– Bobcats Head Coach Mike Dunlap on the team’s frustration with losing
Bismack Biyombo showcased his defensive awareness blocking four shots while also pulling down a team-high 10 rebounds. Biyombo has tallied at least two blocks in seven of his last nine outings …Rookie Jeffery Taylor scored nine points, grabbed one rebound and dished out two assists…Brendan Haywood had a productive outing, pulling down nine rebounds, dishing out an assist and tallying a steal.
The Bobcats will take on the Minnesota Timberwolves on January 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Time Warner Cable Arena. 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.