Score: 102-94 Bobcats
Charlotte Bobcats record: 17-19
Offensive Efficiency: 114.6
Defensive Efficiency: 106.8
Meritorious Player: Stephen Jackson – 43 points on just 22 field goal attempts. Jax also chipped in with 8 boards, 3 assists, and 3 steals against 2 turnovers. Of the players who have scored 40+ this year, Jax needed the 5th fewest shots to get there.
It is fun to be right once in a while: The Bobcats crushed the Rockets when they went small: In the 23 minutes where DeSagana Diop and Nazr Mohammed were on the bench, the Bobcats beat the Rockets 52-36. In efficiency numbers, they had an offensive mark of 120.9 and defensively they were at 81.8.
Aside from Jackson, Boris Diaw also had a big night for the Bobcats: 19 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 blocks in 47 minutes of action. Good to see Boris engaged and taking advantage of a matchup. Boris' 13 field goal attempts were his most since November 22nd, when he also took 13. His numbers are somewhat inflated for last night due to the high minutes, but it would be nice if this was the start of an engaged Diaw stretch – the Bobcats could use it.
The combination of Trevor Ariza and Shane Battier did not slow Stephen Jackson down much, but they did seem to work on Gerald Wallace. Crash was held to just 9 points on 2 of 10 shooting (and just 5 of 8 at the line). Gerald did have 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and a block – but also had 4 turnovers. He cannot afford many games like this right now, as he makes his bid for a first All-Star team.
Last note: good work on the turnovers, with just 11. Bad work at the stripe, as the team shot just 73.1% from the line, going 19-26. Without Stephen Jackson propping the rest of the team up, it gets worse: Jax was 10-11, leaving the rest of the Cats just 9 of 15 on the evening, 60%. Work on that, fellas.