Boxscore of Bobcats vs Pacers – 11/22/2009
Score: 104-88 Charlotte
Bobcats Record: 4-9
Offensive Efficiency: 107.2
Defensive Efficiency: 90.7
Meritorious Player: Boris Diaw and Nazr Mohammed. Boris had a Boris kind of game with 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists – plus no turnovers. Nazr was an offensive catalyst while getting the start, scoring 18 points in 17 and a half minutes of work. 8 of 10 from the floor for Nazr, plus 5 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocks in his limited time.
I had family come into town for Thanksgiving, so I only got to see the 3rd quarter of the game. But I was impressed with what I saw – and no wonder: It was the Bobcats second best offensive performance of the season and only the 3rd time they had managed to better a point per possession (to be fair – they do have two games right at an offensive efficiency of 100.0). And the difference between this game and the best is obvious – the Bobcats went just 1 of 10 on threes last night, while on their best night (11/6) they went 11 for 18. So, no fluke shooting (at least not from deep) – just a well balanced effort. They were aggressive and got to the line 28 times (making 21), they won the rebounding battle, and they controlled their turnovers – 16 in a 97 possession game – so not great, but close to average for them.
6 Bobcats were in double figures last night – led by Nazr's 18 and Boris at 17. After those two, it was Derrick Brown with 13 in 24 minutes (he looks like a very solid pick for the Bobcats out of the second round), Gerald Wallace with 11 (and his practically standard 11 rebounds), and Ronald Murray and Stephen Jackson with 10 a piece and too many shots to get them – 3 of 11 for Flip, and 5 of 13 for Jax. Great to see the team with such a convincing win on a night when two of their better scorers were off.