NBA Game Summary - Milwaukee at Charlotte
(Friday, November 2nd)
Final Score: Charlotte 102, Milwaukee 99
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Raymond Felton scored 26 points and added 12 assists, and the Charlotte Bobcats won their season opener for the first time in franchise history, 102-99, over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Gerald Wallace scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Bobcats, who had lost each of their previous three season openers, but held off the Bucks for a win in Sam Vincent's first game as Bobcats head coach. Jason Richardson, in his first game for Charlotte after being acquired in the offseason from Golden State, finished with 21 points. Emeka Okafor had 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Bobcats, who are coming off a 33-49 campaign last season that represented the franchise-high in wins.
"It's a new beginning for our organization, and our team," said Felton. "We have to take this and build on it."
Michael Redd scored 21 points, and Mo Williams added 20 points for the Bucks, who have dropped two in a row to open the season. Andrew Bogut had 11 points and 17 rebounds, and Charlie Villanueva scored 14 points for Milwaukee. Highly touted prospect Yi JianLian started, and finished with two points and four rebounds in 15 minutes.
Charlotte held a slim 71-69 lead entering the final 12 minutes of play. The Bobcats opened up an eight-point lead early in the quarter, but the Bucks hung around, and Desmond Mason tied game at 95-95 with baby hook shot with 1:51 left.
Felton sunk two free throws on the next trip down floor, though, to put Charlotte back up, 97-95, with 1:41 left. Trailing 99-97 late in the game, Williams had an open look at a pull-up jumper a few steps inside the three- point arc, but missed. Felton missed one of his two free throws with 7.3 seconds left and Milwaukee still had a chance, down 100-97, but Williams drove for a layup despite trailing by three, and the resulting goaltending made it a one-point game, but with only one-tenth of a second remaining.
"I thought we were down by two," conceded Williams.
Two Felton free throws provided the final margin for the Bobcats.
Wallace poured in 13 points in the first quarter, including back-to-back baskets, the second a dunk with 1:42 left that boosted the Bobcats to a 22-12 lead. The Bucks cut the deficit to 24-18 entering the second quarter.
Milwaukee closed the half on a 9-2 run, with all of the points coming from Redd, who made four straight shots, including a converted three-point play, and the Bucks took a 49-46 lead into the break.
The Bucks had won four of five meetings at Charlotte. The teams split their four matchups last season...The Bobcats made only 22-of-43 free throws. In the fourth quarter, Charlotte went 13-for-27 from the line.
11/02 23:42:08 ET