CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- One of the bugaboos that often afflicted the Charlotte Bobcats a year ago was the sabotaging affect of a low-scoring quarter.
It brought disappointment in the final outcome on many nights the team played well enough for three quarters to beat quality teams. A sluggish stretch nearly cost Charlotte in its opener versus the Milwaukee Bucks, and an even uglier spell did so Wednesday with the Miami Heat road in Time Warner Arena.
A 10-point third quarter saw a 60-45 halftime lead become a 70-69 advantage thanks to poor shooting and even poorer execution.
"The third quarter, we turned it over too many times," said Bobcats coach Paul Silas, whose team fell 96-95. "I think, like 11 times in the third quarter, and that got them back in the game. And once they got back in the game we played tough, but they were just too good."
Actually, Charlotte gave up the ball 12 times in the period that's a turnover a minute and also made just 5 of 16 field goal attempts. Boris...