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Bobcats Win in Minnesota, Eclipse .500 Mark

Charlotte Bobcats 89 Final
Recap | Box Score
87 Minnesota Timberwolves
Jeffery Taylor, SF 25 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 7 PTS | -3

Slowly but surely getting more aggressive on the offensive end. Made a three and even posted up for a shot (albeit a miss).

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 17 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 2 PTS | -5

Limited minutes tonight for MKG as Dunlap featured a small back court for much of the night. A nice fast break layup in the first was his only real highlight.

Brendan Haywood, C 27 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -7

A few nice hook shots for Haywood as the Bobcats threw him the ball in the post quite a few times. Was fortunate not to turn it over more than he did (and that Greg Stiemsma was guarding him), however. Would also like to see a few more rebounds.

Byron Mullens, C 34 MIN | 5-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 15 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | -11

Fantastic all around game from Mullens, notwithstanding the usual handful of defensive lapses (like losing Williams on the last second in-bounds pass and eventually fouling and sending him to the line). Played with great energy on both ends. Recorded four blocks and played effectively in the paint against the depleted T-Wolves’ front line. Great work on the boards and a critical put-back dunk in the final minutes after he was isolated on the wing and missed on his initial shot attempt.

Kemba Walker, PG 45 MIN | 9-19 FG | 3-3 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 22 PTS | +4

Hit the game-winning shot after he appeared to be injured going to the floor with AK47. The shot was obviously huge because it won the Bobcats the game, but even more so because Minnesota had seized all momentum and would have had a decided advantage in OT. Shot over 50% from the field and added four steals to boot.

Bismack Biyombo, PF 18 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | +16

18 minutes. 2 blocks. #standard.

Tyrus Thomas, PF 18 MIN | 4-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | +6

Another nice game out of TT. More than anything he played with good energy again, as evidenced by his three blocked shots. Stepped out to knock down a few jumpers as well.

Reggie Williams, SF 21 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | +10

Noooooo, not a Chris Webber!!! But alas, Kemba bailed him out (Reggie was the first guy to get to Walker to congratulate him on the game-winning shot). Hit on a few shots behind the arc and was trusted enough by Dunlap to be on the floor down the stretch.

Ramon Sessions, PG 32 MIN | 8-20 FG | 2-5 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 18 PTS | +2

Great leadership evidenced by Sessions after the timeout call by Williams. Williams was visibly shaken as he tried to explain himself and Ramon stepped in and told him to calm down. Good to see. Also good to see, him stealing the ball from Shved in the final moments. The two missed FT’s moved him from a B+ to a B, however.

Three Things We Saw

  1. Bobcats led from tip to final whistle. An impressive feat for the second night of a back-to-back on the road.
  2. But they nearly lost. The Bobcats struggled to close a game which they led by double digits for much of the contest. Minnesota outscored Charlotte 34-20 in the final period after sweeping the first three quarters
  3. And yet, they’re over .500 at 4-3 after winning three straight. You probably could have made good money in Vegas by simply betting this team would sit above .500 at any point this season. It took the Bobcats thirty games to reach four wins last season, yet they’ve met the same mark in their first seven games. You really have to credit Coach Dunlap as he has undoubtedly changed the team’s culture. They play hard and they’re enjoying the game. It’s fun to watch.

4 comments to Bobcats Win in Minnesota, Eclipse .500 Mark

  • 4aseer

    Finding a way to win, is the name of the game, Bobcats fans should be giving Kemba some votes on twitter for the all star game.

  • Edmond

    Good victory for sure, with an amazing finish. Yeah bobcats put their foot off the gas late in the game, but I felt as if the absence of Gordon and Henderson was the main reason for that. Glad to see such a change of culture from these guys, even Jeff Van Gundy made a point of that while calling the Clippers/Heat game, praising Mike Dunlap and staff.

  • Steve

    It was hard to watch toward the end. There needs to be a better half court set at the end than have Kemba and Sessions just drive to the basket. Luckily Kemba was hitting outside shots, but not sure that will always be there. Teams will dare them to hit from outside and maybe when Gordon plays he is that option. But, it looked like the T’wolves just sat under the basket and waited for the Bobs guards to come to them and swat the shots.

    In any event, this is fun to watch, and learning how to win is part of the process, well, if they continue to win. They are dominating the teams they are supposed to, well, until the end last night at the end.

  • charlottean

    9 of 19 isn’t +50% on FG’s btw.

    steve, i agree it was watching cars crashing at the end. the problem wasn’t sessions and kemba driving, it was that they were doing it with 16 seconds on the shot clock. we’re going to have to be patient with kemba, but he borderline let them back in the game single handed with some poor decisions in the last 3 minutes of the 4th. I think he had 2 turnovers and got a shot blocked on 3 straight possessions, causing the comeback. I mean taking the foot off the gas entirely is a problem, slowing down for 15 seconds and then going is strategy. or at least using the offense to get a good shot up. bad shots are just as bad as turnovers. he had to of been gassed playing the entire second half. needs to defer in those moments.

    that all said, that shot has got to be a HUGE confidence builder for him AND the team. and a lot of the other stuff will come with time and confidence. Sure minnesota had 1 of 5 starters playing, but it still means something for the team going forward.

    keep this group together. no trades or free agents in the core 8 or 9 except maybe gordon could be replaced with a younger version. mullens with 15 boards, 4 blocks and a couple post moves and dunks? he gets his offense going and you have yourselves a stud 4 to go with potential stud 1 and stud 3. biyombo and taylor looked good last night as well. these guys are going to be fine.

    I would actually like to see henderson come off the bench when he gets back. He still needs to get his 30 minutes, but taylor brings A LOT of energy to the start of the game. I think thomas’ problem has been he’s an energy guy but not an energy starter. he plays off someone else bringing it. thomas is kerosene. somebody else bring a match and the guy can play. nobody brings a match and there’s no fire just kerosene.

    keep em and develop this team. chemistry is underrated. they might be beating injured teams now, but 2 years from now?