Score: 89-84 Dallas
Charlotte Bobcats record: 28-30
Offensive Efficiency: 91.3
Defensive Efficiency: 96.7
Meritorious Player: Not tonight – this was a team effort of a meltdown in the second half.
31 points scored in the second half, 15 in the 3rd, 16 in the 4th. 4 straight turnovers to kick off the 4th quarter and 6 in the quarter overall. That is a good way to blow a 10 point half time lead – and the Bobcats did it. The turnovers came about in large part due to the passivity of Boris Diaw and Raymond Felton – both were passing up open looks to drive and kick to…well, the backcourt and out of bounds on occasion anyway. But who can blame them, really, when they combined for 3 airballs in the 4th quarter – one of which from Boris did not even touch net.
The defense was there – for the most part. D.J. Augustin struggled to guard Jason Terry during his D.J.'s 2nd half cameo but aside from that, the defense was good enough to get a win. The Bobcats finished with 7 steals and 7 blocks and held Dirk to 27 on 23 attempts (yes, that really is an off night for him).
Good news: Of the Bobcats remaining 24 games, just 5 are against the top 4 teams from each conference – Atlanta twice, the Lakers, the Celtics, and the Magic remain. The bad news: The Celtics and Lakers are the next two opponents for the Bobcats, so their record may decline a bit more but after that, they have a very favorable schedule for the stretch run. If they could just get one more center back (come on, Nazr – we need your offense), combined with that schedule, I will start to feel kind of optimistic about their chances.