By Ketrell Marshall
February 9, 2013
Philadelphia, PA – Ramon Sessions scored a team-high 20 points, but despite battling back in the fourth quarter to bring the deficit down to five, the Bobcats could not find a way to get ahead before losing to the Sixers, 87-76, on February 9 in Philadelphia.
Both teams had a tough time converting from the field in the first half, leading to a closely contested and low scoring result with Philadelphia holding a 38-37 lead…During the third frame the Bobcats continued to struggled from the floor, only converting on four of their first 18 shots and fell behind 62-47 with 2:34 remaining in the quarter. By the end of the third the Cats shot 31.8 percent from the field (7-for-22), while Philadelphia connected on 50.0 percent (11-for-22). With the Bobcats struggling to make shots and get stops the Cats went into the final frame down 63-54… Sessions helped keep the Bobcats in the game in the fourth, scoring seven of the Cats first 15 points to cut the Sixers lead to five points, 75-70, with 5:11 remaining in the final frame…Philadelphia answered with a 6-2 run and did not allow the Bobcats to get closer than eight points for the remainder of the game.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Bobcats bench continues to be productive as they outscored Philadelphia’s reserves, 39-15…The Cats struggled to convert on field goal attempts and finished the game connecting on 30.7 percent (27-for-88) compared to the Sixers 41.9 percent (49-for-93)…The Cats did a great job of getting to the free-throw line and converting, finishing 20-for-23 (87.0 percent) from the charity stripe…The Bobcats struggled down low as they were outrebounded, 60-40, and outscored in points in the paint, 48-24.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Byron Mullens continues to play well since his return from a sprained ankle. He has scored in double figures in every outing since his return. Mullens finished second on the team in scoring with 16 points, pulled down three boards, tallied one steal and added a block.
BOBCATS TOP RESERVE
Ramon Sessions continues to show how valuable he is on the offensive end, scoring in double figures for the eighth time in nine games. He finished with a team-high 20 points, while having a perfect night from the free-throw line (7-for-7). Sessions also grabbed three rebounds, dished out four assists and turned away one shot.
76ERS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Lavoy Allen had an impressing outing, scoring 14 points, pulling down a career-high 22 rebounds, dishing out three assists and rejecting one shot.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
“It felt great to come back, and see my family and friends, and just be in front of them..”
- Bobcats Forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist on playin in his hometown area
“Well, I think Ramon Sessions was one of those guys that’s a stalwart and then we had to search for a combination of guys that was obviously giving max physical effort and just played well together tonight, and we found that. I thought Gerald Henderson also gave us some valuable minutes. There was cohesion where we worked the ball a bit. We only turned the ball over seven times tonight, so we took care of it.”
- Bobcats Head Coach Mike Dunlap on the game
Gerald Henderson had a good outing, scoring 13 points, pulling down one rebound, distributing three assists and recording one steal…Brendan Haywood was productive in his minutes as he flirted with a double-double scoring nine points, grabbing seven rebounds, tallying one assist and a steal.
The Bobcats will take on the Boston Celtics at 7 p.m. on February 11 at 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.