|Josh McRoberts, PF 31 MIN | 3-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | -2
Not a standout night from McRoberts, but his impact on ball movement gives him a baseline value. The Bobcats needed that tonight, and McRoberts’ high-post passing contributed to the team’s season-high 30 assists. He didn’t get many himself, but he racked up a few hockey assists.
|Anthony Tolliver, PF 34 MIN | 4-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | +1
Tolliver’s in Charlotte for his shooting, and we saw that tonight. All four of his attempts were three-pointers, and all of them hit the target. His defense is a clear drop-off from both Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Jeffery Taylor, but when his shot is falling he brings enough value to make up for that.
|Al Jefferson, C 39 MIN | 12-23 FG | 2-3 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 26 PTS | -8
Jefferson helped drag along an offense that sputtered for long stretches. He’s averaging 23.25 points over the last four games, and seems to be more confident offensively. That also means he takes a few shots he shouldn’t, as we saw tonight, but if he’s making more than half you can’t complain too much.
|Kemba Walker, PG 39 MIN | 10-22 FG | 3-5 FT | 9 REB | 10 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 25 PTS | +2
Nearly a triple-double from Kemba in one of his best games yet. Walker came alive after a sleepy opening half, scoring 16 points, dropping six assists and grabbing four rebounds in the second half. He continued that strong play in overtime, scoring seven of the team’s 10 points and adding a few big rebounds.
Walker will miss December when it’s gone; since the start of the month, he’s averaging 22.6 points on 50.3 percent shooting and 40.4 percent from three.
|Gerald Henderson, SG 37 MIN | 2-10 FG | 4-4 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | -4
Tough shooting night for Hendo, as he went 1-for-8 in regulation. The assists were a big help, though, as the team needed a hot shooting night to keep pace with the Bucks. Half of his six assists were on three-point shots.
|Cody Zeller, C 22 MIN | 6-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | +3
Zeller knocked in a career-high 12 points in the middle of a very well-rounded performance. The rebounds were nice, as were four assists and two blocks. The mid-range shot was the difference, as Zeller went 4-of-7 on his jumpers. Tonight was a glimpse of how he can contribute if can find some consistency there.
|Bismack Biyombo, C 14 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +9
Biyombo’s numbers are in line with his averages, but he looked much worse on the court. John Henson blocked three of Bismack’s five shots, and generally made him look silly.
|Ramon Sessions, PG 16 MIN | 2-9 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +1
Sessions helped himself out with four trips to the line, but he missed a few too many gimmes tonight. Ramon can look for the foul first and his shot second, sometimes whiffing when there’s no contact.
|Chris Douglas-Roberts, SG 19 MIN | 0-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 1 PTS | 0
Douglas-Roberts deserves a little time to adjust, considering the circumstances, but tonight wasn’t his night. It’s not quite clear where he fits in offensively, but he’s at least a warm body.
|Ben Gordon, SG 14 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 6 PTS | +3
A few weird turnovers, including one pass that hit Bismack Biyombo in the back, but the three-pointers helped.
Three Things We Saw
- The Bobcats went down early, and trailed 33-17 after the first quarter. They recovered by halftime, but it was still strange to see Charlotte get shredded by the league’s worst offense.With so many injuries, they can’t rely on their lockdown defense anymore, and they’re floundering a bit while they adjust. Starting Tolliver will mean more threes in general, but they were still extremely fortunate to go 10-of-17 from long range tonight. They were very, very lucky to win this one.
- As good as Kemba was tonight, Brandon Knight was his equal. Knight scored 26 points, had 14 assists and grabbed eight rebounds. The defense wasn’t there for either, obviously, but it was still a fun battle.
- The Bobcats have a 14-15 record, but things get very difficult soon. They play Oklahoma City at home on Friday, then take off on a five-game road trip against Atlanta, Utah, the Clippers, Portland and Sacramento. I’d be ecstatic if they go .500 over that stretch.