After leading by 11 at the break, the second half proved to be too much for the Bobcats as they were outscored 28-8 in the 3rd quarter- that quarter set in stone their fate as New Orleans blew it open in the second half to win 97-82.
Although the final score was ugly, there were some bright spots for Charlotte in the first half. The Bobcats shot 57.5% (23-40) from the field and 57.1% (8-14) from behind the arc in the first half- Byron Mullens was 4-6 from deep in the first half, but on a contrasting discouraging note, he didn’t attempt anything but a three pointer before half. Mullens ended the game with 14 points and 6 rebounds.
The second half, and 3rd quarter in particular, was a much different story for Charlotte. The Bobcats were 21.1% (4-19) from the field, 0-7 from behind the arc and committed 8 turnovers in the 3rd. As the Bobcats crumbled, first overall pick Anthony Davis took over the game- Davis had 15 points and 5 rebounds in the 3rd. At the end of the quarter the Hornets had built a nine point lead and didn’t look back from there.
The game was essentially lost in three different categories last night- Bobcats accumulated 20 turnovers, which led to 27 Hornets points, but New Orleans only turned it over 9 times, leading to just 10 Charlotte points. The Bobcats also only attempted 15 free throws last night, while the Hornets got to the foul line 26 times. On the glass, Charlotte was only out-rebounded by 1, but the Hornets pulled down 12 offensive rebounds and turned them into 21 second chance points. The Bobcats only had 2 second chance points for the entire game.
Ben Gordon led Charlotte with 15 points on 7-15 shooting and rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 10 points to go along with 4 assist and 3 rebounds.
The Bobcats next pre-seas0n game will be tomorrow night in Charleston, SC at 7:30 pm against New Orleans. Yes, they play back-to-back games against the Hornets.