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Bobcats steal one late from Milwaukee; improve to 5-4

Milwaukee Bucks 98 Final
Recap | Box Score
102 Charlotte Bobcats
Jeffery Taylor, SF 33 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 10 PTS | +7

Not the performance I predicted for Taylor in the preview, but a career high in points, so I’ll take that as a consolation. Taylor is going to be a great defender in this league one day.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 30 MIN | 4-13 FG | 7-8 FT | 9 REB | 4 AST | 15 PTS | +5

Kidd-Gilchrist uses his body so well to draw contact, and I actually think he should have gotten a lot more whistles tonight than he did. 4 offensive rebounds for MKG tonight and 5 of his 9, total, came down the stretch in the 4th.

Brendan Haywood, C 33 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-2 FT | 11 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | +13

Haywood faded late in the game, but he continues to be an extremely serviceable true center for what the Bobcats are paying (app. $2mil this year).

Byron Mullens, C 40 MIN | 7-14 FG | 4-4 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 19 PTS | +12

You’ve got to love the effort Byron is making to transform his offensive game. Only took two 3’s tonight and continuously attacked basket. Still has no left hand and gets caught in the air when he goes left, but overall, Mullens is looking like he’s starting to buy into Dunlap’s system.

Kemba Walker, PG 36 MIN | 7-13 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 19 PTS | +5

Walker was 6-6 from the field in the first half. And then the second half came. 3 turnovers and just 4 assist for Kemba tonight. I can’t stress enough how great having Ramon Sessions has been for Kemba. Having two PG’s on the floor at one time that can both create for teammates and get into the lane at will is really paying dividends for Charlotte, and Kemba.

Ramon Sessions, PG 32 MIN | 6-13 FG | 10-10 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 23 PTS | +6

One of the smartest/craftiest players I’ve ever watched play in a Bobcats uniform. Came up so big for the Bobcats from the foul line tonight and hit the 3 to tie the game late in the 4th during the Bobcats 21-6 run to close the game. Sessions and Kemba are becoming one of the most underrated backcourt duo in the league.

Ben Gordon, SG 14 MIN | 3-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | -9

Left game in the second half with a right knee contusion and did not return. Status for Wednesday night vs Toronto is uncertain.

Four Things We Saw

  1. Bobcats turned the ball over 17 times- I said 12+ would be the death of them in preview. The difference was that Milwaukee only turned those turnovers into 12 points, so the extra possessions were wasted.
  2. After going 19-28 from the foul line on Saturday night vs Memphis, the Bobcats used foul shots as their friend tonight and took advantage of their opportunities, going 27-30 from the charity stripe.
  3. Byron Mullens. The Bobcats continuously went to Mullens in ISO sets late in the game. It was clear that Milwaukee had a lot of respect for him and over helped a few times on him. One of those sequences led to the Sessions 3 to tie the game at 96-96 late in the 4th. Mullens is beginning to understand he can be as much of a distributor as a scorer, when teams send help defenders running at him.
  4. The Charlotte Bobcats are 5-4 and should now officially be one of the most surprising story lines of this early NBA season. The next three games for Charlotte include home game against Toronto and Atlanta, and a road game against the winless Wizards. Not inconceivable to think this team could REALLY be raising some eyebrows across the league within the next week.