However, it was defense that got the momentum going for Charlotte who hosted thousands of local middle school kids at Time Warner Arena for an annual field trip game that tipped off at 11:00 AM ET. The Philadelphia 76ers appeared to be sleep walking during the first five minutes of the game as they went 0-5 from the field and committed six turnovers in that time span.
The Cats started the first quarter with a 25-10 lead behind 47.6 percent shooting (10-for-21) from the field. They also held the 76ers to only 13.3 percent shooting (2-for-15) in the first quarter.
Josh McRoberts got the offense rolling in the first quarter with five quick points and from there, a hot-handed Ben Gordon took over, tallying a game-high 12 first-half points while not missing a shot from the field (4-for-4), including two makes from long range. Gordon would go on to lead Charlotte in scoring with 22 points, shooting 77 percent from the field. The Bobcats would never trail in the ballgame taking a 58-28 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The second half would yield much of the same as Charlotte continued to keep Philly at arms length with stingy defense and timely buckets. The Bobcats finished the game shooting 46.9 percent (38-for-81) from the field and 40.0 percent (8-for-20) from 3-point range, compared to the 76ers 37.3 percent (31-for-83) from the floor and 30.8 percent (8-for-26) from long range.
Defensively, the Bobcats were effective, forcing 23 turnovers that they turned into 25 points, snatching nine steals and hauling down 45 rebounds. They did all of this without their best big man, Al Jefferson who is nursing an ankle injury that he suffered against the Miami Heat in the second preseason game.
Charlotte now heads to Greensboro, NC on Oct. 19 to take on the Dallas Mavericks at 7:30 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum.