Boxscore of Bobcats vs Bulls – 11/07/2009
Score: 93-90 Bulls
Bobcats Record: 3-3
Offensive Efficiency: 103.4
Defensive Efficiency: 104.5
Meritorious Player: Tough call – Boris Diaw had a decent night with 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists…but 6 turnovers. Raymond Felton led the Bobcats with a +/- of +11 and had 10 assists…but he shot just 5 of 17 from the floor. Tyson Chandler had 13 points on 5 of 8 shooting and 7 rebounds in 28 minutes…and a brutal -13 for the night as Joakim Noah posted a career high 21 points (and 16 rebounds was a good night's work). Pick one – they all had their faults tonight.
18 – 18 turnovers in an 87 possession game – 20.7% turnover rate. Boris had one of his nights as far miscues go, as he had similar games last season (see Not Again Boris).
-6 The Bobcats went -6 on the glass tonight, losing the battle of the boards 44-38.
15 offensive rebounds for the Bulls – none bigger than a Luol Deng miss that got swung around for a 3 for John Salmons, taking the Bulls lead from 1 to 4 with about 5 minutes left.
16 offensive rebounds for the Bobcats – and the tide turner was a fast break where Gerald Wallace missed a layup, Boris Diaw could not convert the follow up, and the Bulls scored on a layup at the other end. Instead of 72-61, it was 70-63, and the Bulls scored the next 14 points after that to take the lead (and ultimately the game).
9 rebounds for Gerald Wallace, continuing his early season dominance of the boards from the 3 position. Nice work, Crash (and the last rebound related numbers point of the post, I promise).
+3 – The Bobcats starting five was +3 for the game, when on the court all together, beating the Bulls 43-40 in just over 21 minutes of action. Promising.
With tonight's game, the starting 5 has become the Bobcats most used lineup of the season, with about 50 minutes played together. In that time, they are +20. That will do.