The Charlotte Bobcats lost a heartbreaker to the Miami Heat 95-96 on December 28 in front of a packed house at Time Warner Cable Arena. The Bobcats controlled the game in the first half taking a 60-45 lead into the locker room but a sloppy third quarter with 12 turnovers and only 10 points scored let the Heat get back into the game.
“As I tell my guys it takes time and we gave a good effort I thought,” said Coach Paul Silas after the game. “As long as we keep our heads in the game, keep a great attitude and stay positive then I can see good things for us. Having said that, we really have got to execute better because they really didn’t play us that tough, we were just throwing the ball away and it really cost us a lot.”
Gerald Henderson led the team in scoring with 21 points, including a huge three-pointer that gave the Bobcats a one-point lead with 12 seconds left, but Dwyane Wade knocked down a clutch shot over two defenders with 2.9 seconds left to give the Heat the lead.
“With a team like that you want to have a lead,” said Henderson. “We know how tough we can be, it’s just important for us to come out and show it every night and continue to get better in the games and in practice.”
D.J. Augustin, who played on a sore ankle, had 20 points and six assists but missed on a last second three-point attempt and D.J. White (eight points, 11 rebounds, three blocks) missed a tip-in that would’ve given the Bobcats the victory.
“We played great tonight and they’re a great team,” said Augustin. “For us to be winning the game like we were and to be in the game at the end was a big accomplishment for us, it shows how hard we’ve been working and if we wouldn’t have turned the ball over so much, including myself, I think we would’ve won that game.”
Boris Diaw continued his strong play to start the season by scoring 16 points to go with 16 rebounds and eight assists.
“It was tough,” said Diaw. “I think they adjusted to what we were doing in the first half and they really made a conscious effort to try to stop us and really focus on stealing the ball and they did a really good job.”
LeBron James led the Heat with 35 points, six rebounds and seven assists while Chris Bosh had his best game so far this season with 25 points and six rebounds. Dwyane Wade, who had 10 points on 5-of-13 shooting, was slowed by a foot injury sustained during the game.
Game Notes: The Bobcats out-rebounded the Heat 53-30…Tyrus Thomas missed the game while recovering from a mild left ankle sprain…Reggie Williams and Eddie Najera were also listed on the injury report as they recover from their respective knee surgeries…Mike Miller and Eddy Curry were inactive for the Heat...The sellout crowd of 19,614 was the largest ever to attend a Bobcats game at Time Warner Cable Arena…
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Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained first-hand.