Boxscore of Bobcats vs 76ers – 12/05/2009
Score: 106-105 Charlotte Bobcats
Charlotte Bobcats Record: 8-11
Offensive Efficiency: 110.4
Defensive Efficiency: 109.4
Meritorious Players:Meritorious Players: Boris Diaw Season-high 28pts, 10-12FGs, 5-6 3ptrs
Raymond Felton 18pts, 6-11 FGs, 8 assists 2 turnovers, and one game-winner
This was quite an impressive win given that the Charlotte Bobcats were down by 10 with five minutes left, for this offensively challenged bunch that's usually a death sentence. It gets more impressive when you consider a two other things, first the team had a really rough flight back home from New Jersey bad weather, delays, and turbulence all conspired against them. Larry Brown said he didn't think anyone got to bed before four in the morning.
Also Raymond Felton was almost a scratch because on a late 4th quarter foul he hurt his ribs but the MP of the game said he didn't want to let the team down, “I love these guys on this team so I'm going to do whatever it takes to come out and play. They look at me as there leader so if I'm able to walk I'm out there.”
That is true to Felton's reputation as the second toughest guy on this team behind Gerald Wallace. But if he didn't gut this one out the other options wouldn't have been ideal with Flip Murray going 0-6 and the slumping DJ Augustin getting a second straight DNP-CD, we'll delve into that in the coming days.
But Felton was big scoring all 18 of his points in the second half and shooting over 50 percent for the second straight night. While making it clear that his starting point guard is still a work in progress Larry Brown paid Felton the ultimate compliment afterwards, “If you have 12 of him and they have 12 of some other guys, you're going to win.”
Outside of Felton, Boris Diaw's hot shooting from three helped keep the Bobcats close enough to make the key fourth quarter run despite a 38 point third quarter from Philadelphia. Most of the damage was done by Willie Green who scored 20 of his season high 26 in that frame.
Ironically Philly's guards were dealing with injuries as well, Iguodala sprained an ankle in the first quarter and played through it while Green was fighting through a hand bruise. They combined to go 4-13 in the fourth scoring a combined 11 points, Allen Iverson really can't come soon enough.
And finally kudos to Gerald Wallace who defended Elton Brand down the stretch holding him to a very pedestrian 14 points on 14 shots and just eight rebounds, that's supreme defensive work guarding a legit and physical power forward. Wallace's picked up another double-double 24 points and 14 boards plus three steals.
This was a necessary win for the Bobcats because the road get rocky when you look ahead. Another loss and this team was looking at a possible 6 game losing streak, with Denver coming in on Tuesday and road tilts against San Antonio and Dallas next weekend. This win ensues they'll still be playing .400 ball after 20 games which is a solid first quarter of the of the season.