After a big win last night, the Bobcats failed to put up an impressive encore. The Mavericks defeated the Bobcats 126-99. The Mavericks were led by a combined 48 points from their new backcourt duo Darren Collison and OJ Mayo. Mayo was unconscious from three, hitting 70% on ten of his attempts from downtown.
Mayo finished with 30 in the game. The Mavericks also got 16 points from Chris Kaman and 18 from Vince Carter. Dallas shot a scorching 64% from three for the game while the Bobcats shot 17%.
Not much went right for the Bobcats tonight, but their frontcourt was solid. Byron Mullens and Brendan Haywood both had double doubles, while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 13 points, 5rebounds, 5steals, 2assists and a block in 27 minutes. MKG was the only Bobcat who finished with a positive +/- for the night.
Mullens shot eight threes and made just two. He shot 7-18 from the field while grabbing 10 rebounds. Haywood had 14 points and 11 rebounds against the team that amnestied him in the offseason.
Kemba Walker followed his career night with a 4-10 performance and just 10 points. Tonight Ramon Sessions was the best Bobcats point guard, finishing with 22 points on 8-13 from the field. While they gave up 126 points, the Bobcats somehow managed to force 22 turnovers off Dallas, including 13 steals. It’s definitely one of the strangest occurences you’ll see in a blowout.
Some Bobcats fans might see this game as an early reality check, but there’s really not much you can take from this game. It definitely wasn’t a game I expected the Bobcats to win, as it seems hard for any young, inexperienced team to go on the road in a back-to-back and get a victory. Especially when a team like Dallas is shooting lights out. On paper the Bobcats matchup a lot better with the Mavericks sans-Dirk Nowitzki, but they haven’t been able to make that show in games so far in the preseason and regular season.
The next Bobcats game will be on Wednesday at home against the Phoenix Suns.
Injury notes: Gerald Henderson left the game early after a spraining his left foot. The x-rays on Henderson were negative, but his status for the Bobcats game against the Suns on Wednesday is unknown. If Henderson can’t go, I’d imagine Ben Gordon will get the start Wednesday. Tyrus Thomas also left the game earlier due to an illness.