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Bobcats get season split with Raptors; Make it two straight W’s

Toronto Raptors 101 Final
Recap | Box Score
107 Charlotte Bobcats
Josh McRoberts, PF 32 MIN | 5-9 FG | 2-5 FT | 12 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 12 PTS | -2

McRoberts came up with some huge rebounds. The biggest one came with under a minute to play — McRob deflected a ball coming off offensive glass and saved it from going out of bounds to one of his teammates. Essentially that hustle play won the game.

Bismack Biyombo, PF 32 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -3

Would really like to see Biz get on the glass more, consistently. Understanding that he’s as raw and unpolished as players come when he entered this league last season gives me peace that he is progressing.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 20 MIN | 0-1 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 2 PTS | -11

Could have been more aggressive offensively, but MKG did a fantastic job on Rudy Gay defensively tonight on numerous occasions.

Kemba Walker, PG 36 MIN | 4-14 FG | 6-6 FT | 7 REB | 8 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | -2

Not a great night from the field for Kemba, but another very balanced stat line. Only one turnover tonight, so an 8/1 assist to turnover ratio is awesome for Kemba.

Gerald Henderson, SG 39 MIN | 8-14 FG | 5-6 FT | 7 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 21 PTS | +1

Another 20+ point performance that was extremely efficient. Hendo is making quick decision when he catches the ball and his teammates are realizing that teams are keyed in on him defensively — on top of that, Hendo is finding those cutting teammates. Is this Hendo turning a corner, or playing harder to get paid?

Byron Mullens, C 28 MIN | 7-11 FG | 8-12 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 3 BLK | 0 TO | 25 PTS | +13

I have to give Mullens an A+ here. He had zero turnovers, forced no terrible shots (in my estimation), played enthusiastic defense and hit two big FT’s to clinch the W. I believe that McRoberts is helping Mully understand team defense concepts more.

Jannero Pargo, PG 12 MIN | 4-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | +9

Spreads the floor with a true shooter on the offensive end for Charlotte and opens up the driving lanes. In 4 games with the Bobcats, Pargo is 11-19 (57.8%) from behind the arc.

Ben Gordon, SG 26 MIN | 5-11 FG | 4-5 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | +12

5-11 from the field and only turns the ball over 1 time. What else could you ask for from Gordon?

Five Things We Saw

  1. The Bobcats have won back-to-back games for the first time since Nov. 21st. That was also when they started 7-5 on the season — LONG TIME AGO.
  2. Charlotte outscored Toronto in the paint 46-42 — you definitely don’t see this team score more points around the rim than their opponent often.
  3. Six Bobcats scored in double figures tonight. Since the arrival of McRoberts and Pargo, we continue to see this team score in a more balanced way.
  4. Don’t look now, but the Bobcats have Detroit in town on Saturday night. Yes, three wins in a row is a real possibility!
  5. The most encouraging aspect of these last two games is considering the idea that Coach Dunlap still has control and the attention of this team. The Bobcats have made it clear that they’re committed to the process of this season and aren’t going to quit. Not much more that you can ask for if you ask me.
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