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Bobcats push Lakers to the brink

Charlotte Bobcats 100 Final

Recap | Box Score

101 Los Angeles Lakers
Bismack Biyombo, PF 33 MIN | 3-7 FG | 2-6 FT | 11 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -6

Another appearance from Good Biyombo. Fouls were a problem, but he rebounded and defended well all game, then came up huge in moments during in the fourth. Bismack tied it up late with a tip-in on an offensive board, then dropped two clutch free throws after struggling at the line all game. His statline wasn’t too impressive, but he was all over the court. His hands are still a work in progress, though.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 24 MIN | 3-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS | +22

A relatively quiet game that saw him sitting the bench down the stretch. MKG’s minutes can be an unfortunate casualty of the team’s small-ball lineup — when Henderson and Sessions have it going offensively, it’s hard to sit either player to bring Kidd-Gilchrist back in.

Byron Mullens, C 44 MIN | 5-19 FG | 0-0 FT | 17 REB | 5 AST | 13 PTS | +7

A perfect slice of what makes Byron such a frustrating player this year. He started the game very well, scoring 10 points in the first quarter on 4-of-7 shooting. He ended it very poorly, playing the entire fourth quarter but failing to score despite taking eight shots. It’s unfortunate that his late-game shooting leaves such a bad taste; he was great at everything else on Tuesday night, grabbing a season-high 17 rebounds and recording five assists.

Kemba Walker, PG 42 MIN | 12-25 FG | 2-4 FT | 5 REB | 7 AST | 28 PTS | +9

It’s sad such a great performance went to waste. Kemba scored from all over the floor, and did a solid job of getting teammates involved. He’s played very well in general during the team’s losing skid: In the last 10 games, he’s averaging 20 points on 46 percent shooting and 40 percent on three-pointers, and dishing out 6.6 assists. Hopefully that will continue as the team finds its footing.

Gerald Henderson, SG 38 MIN | 6-16 FG | 4-4 FT | 9 REB | 4 AST | 19 PTS | +14

Not a very efficient shooting night from Henderson, but he made his impact elsewhere. He did a solid job defending Kobe, hit some key three-pointers and grabbed several crucial rebounds. He also did this, which is in competition with Mullens’ annihilation of LaMarcus Aldridge for the Bobcats’ dunk of the year.

Reggie Williams, SF 3 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -6

Not much more than a cameo appearance from Reggie.

Jeffery Taylor, SF 11 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -13He couldn’t buy a shot on Tuesday, and couldn’t do much of anything else, either. Hopefully he can bounce back into shape over the next few games.
Brendan Haywood, C 8 MIN | 0-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 PTS | -12

Noticing a trend? The Bobcats didn’t get much out of their bench players tonight, with one notable exception. A quiet night for Haywood.

Ramon Sessions, PG 29 MIN | 7-13 FG | 4-4 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 20 PTS | -37

And here’s the exception, himself. Sessions scored 20 of the team’s 25 bench points, and quickly stopped the bleeding after an 11-point run by the Lakers opened the fourth quarter.

Ben Gordon, SG 8 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | +12

The team looked terrible when Gordon was on the floor; he managed to post a +/- of -19 despite playing just seven minutes. His defense is still a legitimate issue, and he had two ugly turnovers in his limited minutes.

Two Things We Saw

  1. Fourth-quarter execution remains an issue for the Bobcats. Charlotte shot 6-of-26 in the final frame, and missed several easy looks that could have won the game on the last possession. For all their growth this season, the team still lacks a go-to scorer in crunch time.
  2. Seriously, did you watch that Gerald Henderson dunk?