The Charlotte Bobcats had a solid lead in the fourth quarter, but they couldn’t hold it. They ended up falling to the Portland Trailblazers 118-112 in overtime.
As I said in the preview, this game was decided on the boards and on defense.
The ‘Cats and Blazers were almost even or dead on in turnovers, assists, steals and blocks.
They were not even on FG percentage and total rebounds though; Charlotte allowed the blazers to shoot a not-so-bad 46 percent from the field, and 20-26 from the free-throw line. Portland won the rebounding battle 47-40.
Another problem the Bobcats had Monday night was individual shooting efficiency.
Kemba Walker scored 22 points on just under 50 percent shooting, so he was the least of Charlotte’s worries. Byron Mullens, though, scored 12 points on 14 shots, and Jeff Taylor only dropped 11 points on 10 shots.
Portland, on the other hand, had at least one of its players post solid shooting numbers. Lamarcus Aldridge scored LaMarcus Aldridge scored 25 points on 12-of-17 shooting.
Ben Gordon did shoot well for the ‘Cats, but his 29 points on 8-12 shooting just couldn’t overcome the rest of his team’s inefficiency. Ramon Sessions was another Bobcat who couldn’t find his shot. He scored just 11 points on 2-9 shooting.
With the loss, Charlotte fell to 7-9 on the season. They’ll take the court again Wednesday night against the Knicks in Charlotte.