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Bobcats nip Wizards in shootout

Washington Wizards 114 Final
Recap | Box Score
119 Charlotte Bobcats
Josh McRoberts, PF 36 MIN | 5-11 FG | 7-9 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 17 PTS | +1

Extremely active all over the court. McRoberts is a very smart basketball player that also brings consistent energy to the game. Has done wonders to how the Bobcats can now space the floor offensive and use him to be a distributing big man.

Bismack Biyombo, PF 18 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -5

Had a better game than the stat line suggest. Did a good job of anchoring the paint defensively and defended PnR well, for the most part. Had a awesome hustle block on John Wall in transition.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 25 MIN | 5-9 FG | 1-1 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | +3

Efficient night for MKG. Had a monster dunk in the 1st half as well. Made quick decisions with the basketball.

Kemba Walker, PG 34 MIN | 8-14 FG | 2-4 FT | 3 REB | 7 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 18 PTS | +3

I could fall in love with this stat line often.

Gerald Henderson, SG 45 MIN | 8-16 FG | 10-11 FT | 3 REB | 8 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 27 PTS | +5

Wow. The monster block on Trevor Booker. 10-11 from the FT line. He took 11 FT’s! Dagger 3 that put the game away for Charlotte. Had a career high, 8 assists. Take your pick, but what a great game for Hendo.

Kemba on Hendo block — “It was amazing. I mean, I’m just speechless.”

Dunlap on Hendo’s development — “I was brought in to develop players, first and foremost. And his development is not deniable. I think it’d be hard for anyone inside or outside the circle to say he isn’t developing. His graph line has shot up in, I would say, the last 4 weeks.”

Byron Mullens, C 30 MIN | 4-8 FG | 2-4 FT | 5 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | +10

Byron only took one really bad shot tonight. It came late in the game, but it’s rather clear that he’s picking his spots better on the offensive end. Defensively, he’s just Byron. Not good. The effort is there on a more consistent basis, but he’s got a long hill to climb. 5 assist is a career high.

Jannero Pargo, PG 19 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 11 PTS | -1

He’s filling in nicely for Sessions. What the Bobcats brought him in to do. Oh, and Dunlap loves him.

Dunlap on Pargo’s defensive energy and Bobcats strategy to get the ball out of Wizards big men, Nene and Okafor — “He knows how to what we call roam, and so he’ll leave (John) Wall or (Garrett) Temple to see if he could plug some gaps and take some chances. Whatever we give up on the backside we’ll take that, but we were trying to tag (Martell) Webster, (Bradley) Beal and (Trevor) Ariza and not leave them.”

Ben Gordon, SG 21 MIN | 7-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 19 PTS | +5

7-10 from the field for 19 points. I don’t think you can ask for much more from Gordon than that. Turned it over 3 times, but that’s to be expected.

Mike Dunlap

Dunlap post game quotes —

“I would maintain that with the Celtics win we re-grabbed the rope. In Toronto, we have a one point lead through three quarters.” …… “We go to the Celtics on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day and that’s a difference experience. We played good ball, but they eventually got us. And we come into Washington game and we have every reason to not play as hard as we did tonight.”……”It’s a game within a game. The people in the locker room are on point, they do care and they are competitors.”

“We want to go into Wednesday’s game and see if we can duplicate the effort that we had tonight.”

“Our guys are developing. We have some guys that go up-and-down in that cycle and you got to stick with them. Sometimes it’s a painful process.”

Two Things We Saw

  1. Charlotte definitely played their most efficient game offensively of the season tonight. The Bobcats scored a season high 119 points, shot a season high 53.2% from the field and had a season high 32 assist on 42 made baskets 🙂
  2. Charlotte has Toronto at home on Wednesday night in what will be another winnable game for the Bobcats.