LAS VEGAS - The Charlotte Bobcats are apparently hungry to keep playing games in July.
They will play at least one more game in the Las Vegas summer league, after advancing Thursday past the Memphis Grizzlies 92-84 at UNLV's Thomas & Mack Center. The Bobcats next play a select team from the NBA's Development League Saturday at about 8 p.m. EDT in a quarterfinal game.
The Bobcats jumped out to an early 29-7 lead over the Grizzlies, only to see Memphis come back in the fourth quarter to briefly lead. Guard Jerome Dyson scored nine of his team-high 21 points in the fourth quarter to hold off the Grizzlies' rally. Dyson finished the game 7-of-7 from the field.
Jeff Taylor, who's been strong throughout the Bobcats' 3-1 run in this league, scored 16 of his 18 points in the first half. Rookie Cody Zeller, the Bobcats' No. 4 overall pick in last month's draft, finished with 18 points and nine rebounds.
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Coach Steve Clifford said he planned to stop relying so heavily on his four contract players, and start playing the tryout players more. That was reflected in Thursday's rotation: Small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist sat out the game, though a team spokesman said he's not injured. Center Bismack Biyombo played only two minutes in the second half.
Power forward Jamie Skeen, who starred at North Mecklenburg High before playing at Wake Forest and Virginia Commonwealth, got his first action for the Bobcats Thursday. He finished with eight points off 3-of-4 shooting from the field.