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Bobcats Win in Minnesota, Eclipse .500 Mark

Charlotte Bobcats 89 Final
Recap | Box Score
87 Minnesota Timberwolves
Jeffery Taylor, SF 25 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 7 PTS | -3

Slowly but surely getting more aggressive on the offensive end. Made a three and even posted up for a shot (albeit a miss).

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 17 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 2 PTS | -5

Limited minutes tonight for MKG as Dunlap featured a small back court for much of the night. A nice fast break layup in the first was his only real highlight.

Brendan Haywood, C 27 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -7

A few nice hook shots for Haywood as the Bobcats threw him the ball in the post quite a few times. Was fortunate not to turn it over more than he did (and that Greg Stiemsma was guarding him), however. Would also like to see a few more rebounds.

Byron Mullens, C 34 MIN | 5-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 15 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | -11

Fantastic all around game from Mullens, notwithstanding the usual handful of defensive lapses (like losing Williams on the last second in-bounds pass and eventually fouling and sending him to the line). Played with great energy on both ends. Recorded four blocks and played effectively in the paint against the depleted T-Wolves’ front line. Great work on the boards and a critical put-back dunk in the final minutes after he was isolated on the wing and missed on his initial shot attempt.

Kemba Walker, PG 45 MIN | 9-19 FG | 3-3 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 22 PTS | +4

Hit the game-winning shot after he appeared to be injured going to the floor with AK47. The shot was obviously huge because it won the Bobcats the game, but even more so because Minnesota had seized all momentum and would have had a decided advantage in OT. Shot over 50% from the field and added four steals to boot.

Bismack Biyombo, PF 18 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | +16

18 minutes. 2 blocks. #standard.

Tyrus Thomas, PF 18 MIN | 4-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | +6

Another nice game out of TT. More than anything he played with good energy again, as evidenced by his three blocked shots. Stepped out to knock down a few jumpers as well.

Reggie Williams, SF 21 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | +10

Noooooo, not a Chris Webber!!! But alas, Kemba bailed him out (Reggie was the first guy to get to Walker to congratulate him on the game-winning shot). Hit on a few shots behind the arc and was trusted enough by Dunlap to be on the floor down the stretch.

Ramon Sessions, PG 32 MIN | 8-20 FG | 2-5 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 18 PTS | +2

Great leadership evidenced by Sessions after the timeout call by Williams. Williams was visibly shaken as he tried to explain himself and Ramon stepped in and told him to calm down. Good to see. Also good to see, him stealing the ball from Shved in the final moments. The two missed FT’s moved him from a B+ to a B, however.

Three Things We Saw

  1. Bobcats led from tip to final whistle. An impressive feat for the second night of a back-to-back on the road.
  2. But they nearly lost. The Bobcats struggled to close a game which they led by double digits for much of the contest. Minnesota outscored Charlotte 34-20 in the final period after sweeping the first three quarters
  3. And yet, they’re over .500 at 4-3 after winning three straight. You probably could have made good money in Vegas by simply betting this team would sit above .500 at any point this season. It took the Bobcats thirty games to reach four wins last season, yet they’ve met the same mark in their first seven games. You really have to credit Coach Dunlap as he has undoubtedly changed the team’s culture. They play hard and they’re enjoying the game. It’s fun to watch.