After holding the lead for most of the game, the Bobcats could not hold on in a close contest against the New Orleans Hornets, falling 98-95 on December 29 at Time Warner Cable Arena®. Rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist led the Bobcats with 22 points and Hakim Warrick added his first double-double since being added to the roster, finishing with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
After trading baskets most of the first quarter, the Bobcats were on a roll in the second quarter outscoring the Hornets 32-18 led by 18 first-half points for Michael Kidd-Gilchrist… To start the second half, the Hornets went on a 8-2 run and held the Bobcats to only 16 points in the third quarter to tie the game at 73-73… The Hornets made four 3-pointers while Eric Gordon scored 12 points in the fourth quarter to stifle any momentum the Bobcats could put together… The Cats got two good looks at the basket by Ben Gordon and Ramon Sessions as time expired, but neither shot found its way in to force overtime.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The first half for the Bobcats was one of their best. They shot 62.5 percent from the field and had a 17-point lead going into halftime… The Hornets adjusted in the second half and the Bobcats struggled on the offensive end. Still, the Cats outrebounded the Hornets 42-38, scored 58 points in the paint to the Hornets 32, outscored them on second-chance points 19-17, and didn’t allow the Hornets to get a single fast-break point while scoring 27 of their own.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Gerald Henderson came on strong in the second half, scoring 13 points for the Bobcats in the last two quarters. Henderson finished with 19 points on 6-for-10 shooting to go with five rebounds, four assists, a block and a steal.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist looked nearly unstoppable in the first half, shooting 9-for-11 from the field and scoring 18 points. After suffering an injury to his right eye, MKG was limited in the second half, but finished with 22 points, nine rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one steal.
HORNETS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Eric Gordon came off the bench in his first game for the Hornets this season and dropped 24 points in 24 minutes. Gordon went 12-for-14 from the free-throw line and had seven assists and two steals.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
"You just have to keep fighting. You can’t feel sorry for yourself because the next team is definitely not going to feel sorry for you. You just have to be prepared and go out there and play with the same intensity and energy that we played with in the first half for 48 minutes."
- Bobcats Forward Hakim Warrick on his advice for the team’s young players
"(There are) three things. One is that we found a zone that we can use in greater increments. Two is that when we play with energy we are different team. Last night that wasn’t the case, so that was marked improvement. Three is that we used a motion game tonight and the ball moved more freely. Those three things made a difference, so that’s what I told them."
- Bobcats Head Coach Mike Dunlap on what positives the team can take from the game
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffered a right eye contusion after being kicked in the face during the second quarter. Kidd-Gilchrist did not start the second half but played in the second half wearing protective eye goggles… Hakim Warrick started his third game for the Bobcats and notched his first double-double since being added to the roster. Warrick finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal… Kemba Walker almost had a double-double with 15 points and nine assists to go with three rebounds and two steals… In his second game back since suffering from knee discomfort, Ben Gordon led the bench in scoring with 14 points while dishing out three assists… Byron Mullens (ankle) and Tyrus Thomas (calf) were both inactive due to their respective injuries.
The Bobcats tip off at 3 p.m. on New Years Eve when they head to Chicago to take on the Bulls. Watch the game on SportSouth or listen on WFNZ. You can follow the live in-game chat by going to bobcats.com or downloading the Bobcats app on your smartphone.