By Matt Rochinski
Milwaukee, WI October 12, 2013
Jannero Pargo came off the bench to score 14 points in the fourth quarter as the Cats rallied from a 21-point deficit and came away with an 83-76 victory on Oct. 12 in Milwaukee. Pargo finished with a game-high 24 points to lead the Cats to their first preseason win.
Charlotte entered the fourth quarter trailing, 67-50, having chipped away at a 21-point deficit in the third quarter. Led by the backcourt tandem of Jannero Pargo and Ramon Sessions, the Cats started the fourth quarter on a 20-2 run to take a 70-69 lead behind 10 points from Pargo, who finished with 14 points in the frame. Sessions chipped in with seven points as the Cats outscored Milwaukee, 33-9, in the quarter to take the win.
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The fourth quarter told the story for the Cats. They finished the third quarter shooting 29.0 percent (18-for-62) from the field and 30.8 percent (4-for-13) from long range. Charlotte shot 55.6 percent from the field (10-for-18) and 60.0 percent (3-for-5) from 3-point territory as it outscored the Bucks by 24 points in the quarter… The Cats didn’t just get it done offensively, they also held Milwaukee to 16.7 percent shooting (4-for-24) in the final 12 minutes, out rebounded the Bucks, 15-10, swiped three steals to Milwaukee’s one and forced four Bucks turnovers while only coughing it up once.
BOBCATS PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Jannero Pargo came off the bench to spark the Cats with 14 of his game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter as Charlotte made its run. Pargo shot 8-for-12 from the field, including a perfect 4-for-4 from long range, while grabbing two rebounds, recording one assist and one steal in 23 minutes.
Ramon Sessions continues to show how valuable he can be late in games. He did not score and was a -14 in nine minutes of play through the first three quarters but went 3-for-5 in the fourth quarter and finished with seven points, a team-high four assists, three rebounds, one steal and only one turnover. Sessions finished with an overall +10 on the court, including a +24 in the final frame.
BUCKS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Second-year forward John Henson recorded the game’s only double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds to go with two blocks.
Bismack Biyombo took full advantage of his opportunity to start with Al Jefferson resting his sprained right ankle. Biyombo scored nine points and grabbed a game-high 21 rebounds, including seven offensive boards, to go with two blocks. He also went 3-for-4 from the charity stripe one night after a perfect 6-for-6 shooting performance there… Charlotte’s bench outscored the starters, 51-32, and outscored the Bucks bench, 51-29. Josh McRoberts was efficient in his 16 minutes, finishing with nine points on 4-for-5 shooting, three assists, three steals, two rebounds and a block.
The Bobcats now travel to Ohio to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers at 7 p.m. on October 15 at the Canton Memorial Civic Center in Canton, OH. Listen to the game on WFNZ.