Score: 110-93 Bobcats
Charlotte Bobcats record: 27-26
Offensive Efficiency: 122.2
Defensive Efficiency: 103.3
Meritorious Player: There is no way to pick just one, so here all the guys who deserve the mention:
Boris Diaw – 18 points on 13 attempts, 9 assists, 5 rebounds. Dare I say, Boris seemed a little more assertive last night – maybe someone pushing him for playing time will help reinvigorate him.
Stephen Jackson – 29 points on 17 attempts, 8 rebounds, 4 assists. Sure, a couple of those shots were head-shakers, but that is what the Bobcats are counting on him for – taking tough shots to let the rest of the team take on a role more commensurate to their abilities. On another team, those shots would be more of a problem, but on this team, it is a necessary capitulation to the realities of the situation.
Gerald Wallace – Crash had a strong game, but not the Crash-iest game on the team: 17 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists.
Tyrus Thomas – This guy had the Crash-iest night – and it was awesome to watch. 12 rebounds and 6 blocks in 25 minutes of action for the addition, Thomas made a lot of new fans in Charlotte last night (though I am well aware of his inconsistent play for the Bulls, so I am trying to not let it overly inflate my expectations for him). Tyrus shot just 3 of 9 from the floor, but a couple of the misses were around the basket and just rolled off – his aggressiveness at both ends of the court was a sight to behold (certainly for the fans in the front row he took out while chasing down a loose ball).
The point guards – D.J. Augustin and Raymond both had solid nights – D.J. with scoring and Ray overall. D.J. had 12 points in just under minutes on 6 attempts, while Felton put up a line of 16 points, 6 assists, 2 rebounds, and a steal. When Cleveland attempted to pick up the ball pressure on them, both handled it well – on a team that the point guard is not really required to set up teammates that much, with Jackson and Diaw doing a lot of the work, only focusing on the point with the increased pressure seemed kind of pointless, but oh well.
You get the idea at this point – it was a team effort that helped the Bobcats win last night (and win the season series from the league's best team, 3-1). Their defense against the Cavs last night was back to more what we had become accustomed to earlier in the season – aggressive, physical, and very effective.