Boxscore of Bobcats vs Hawks – 11/06/2009
Score: 103-83 Bobcats
Bobcats Record: 3-2
Offensive Efficiency: 112.0
Defensive Efficiency: 91.2
Meritorious Player: Raja Bell with 24 points on just 12 attempts from the field – 9 of 12 overall, 5 of 6 on threes, and 1 of 1 from the stripe. Raja also had 4 assists, 1 rebound, and 2 turnovers.
61.1% – I said things would start looking better once some threes started going down – but I did not expect it to happen so quickly. While Raja was white-hot, the rest of the team was still improved as well – 11 of 18 on treys overall, making the Bobcats not named Raja 6 of 12 – very nice work.
5.3 – That is how much the Bobcats offensive efficiency went up with tonight's performance, from 85.5 to 90.8. Yes, it is still last in the NBA, but they are now within sight of the rest of the league, with just 1.3 points separating them and the Nets.
15 turnovers was one of the few negatives on the night – there were only 92 possessions in this game, making a turnover rate of 16.3 (which would be 29th in the league for the season). The turnovers were a team effort, with all 5 starters with at least 2 and Gerald Wallace leading the way with 4.
-20.8 – That is how much the Bobcats held the Hawks under their season offensive efficiency (coming into tonight – the Hawks obviously dropped after getting shutdown by the Bobcats). In particular…
2×2 – Congrats to Tyson Chandler for his first double-double as a Bobcat, with 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 blocks in just 30 minutes of work. The Hawks only managed an efficiency of 75.4 while Tyson was manning the post.
6 Bobcats finished in double figures in scoring – Raja with 24 and then the other new addition was second, as Ronald Murray put in 15 in his debut (in just 18 minutes). Gerald and D.J. Augustin both had 11, plus Boris Diaw and Tyson with 10. Tonight was the kind of balanced attack the Bobcats are built for (for better and for worse).
55 to 35 That was the Bobcats advantage on the glass, with Gerald doing major work, finishing with 18. Boris also had a solid night with 9. At this early point in the season, the Bobcats are first in defensive rebound rate and second in offensive rebound rate.
It all adds up to a Bobcats win – their most complete and impressive one of this early season. What a difference a few triples can make.