Score: 105-103 Bobcats
Charlotte Bobcats record: 20-19
Offensive Efficiency: 109.4
Defensive Efficiency: 108.4
Meritorious Player: Raymond Felton – 17 points on 15 attempts, 10 assists, 9 rebounds, 2 steals. 9 of Raymond's points were among the Bobcats' final 14 – and they needed all of them to hold off the Kings.
The Bobcats handled the Spurs and Suns easily – and were well on their way to another blowout, up 20+ on Sacramento but they let them back in. Part of it was Gerald Wallace leaving the game after he rolled his ankle and part was free throws. With Gerald on the court, the Cats were +11 for the game (so, with a 2-point victory, they were -9 without him – and that -9 over just 4 minutes of action). It was not his usual stat line, as he finished with just 5 rebounds, but he did managed 2 blocks and a steal – oh, and 28 points on just 16 field goal attempts. Gerald was also the only Bobcat keeping their free throw shooting respectable, going 13 of 15. The rest of the team? Just 9 of 18. In the third quarter, when the Bobcats gave up the momentum to the Kings, they made just 5 of 13 free throw attempts. As my wife constantly harps – they are professionals, this is part of their job, they should be better at it.
Stephen Jackson struggled scoring: 11 points on 13 attempts. But do not let anyone tell you he had a bad game. He had 5 steals and 4 assists – and helped hold one of the leagues most efficient scorers to 9 points on 9 attempts (talking about Kevin Martin). Even though Martin is still getting back in the swing of things following an injury, he is averaging 25.5 points per game this year, on 1.39 points per field goal attempt. Kudos to all the Bobcats who had a hand in clamping down on him. As for Tyreke Evans and his 34 points on 20 attempts – the guy is a freak of nature at 6-6: Matt Moore has aptly called him “Reke Havoc” previously (not sure if that stuck, but it certainly works) – he is going to do that pretty regularly, so slow down his teammates.
The Bobcats did just enough slowing down of the Kings (largely behind 20 turnovers from them) and took their 5th straight and moved to a game over .500. I am not going to say anymore about that other than it is an exciting time in the Queen City.