|Josh McRoberts, PF 33 MIN | 3-5 FG | 5-7 FT | 10 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | +18
Very good game from McRoberts, as he spent the night sniping from distance and grabbing more than his share of rebounds. The McDouble Double has been pretty rare: While he’s grabbed 10+ boards three other times this year, he only scored in double digits in one of those games.
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 20 MIN | 2-3 FG | 3-8 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | +8
Good game from MKG, too. (This will be a trend.) The only thing really holding him back was foul trouble; beyond that, he played good defense, rebounded well and scored aggressively and efficiently. He gets dinged a bit for missing his free throws, which has been a consistent issue. Those five misses dropped him below 60 percent on the season.
|Al Jefferson, C 38 MIN | 15-28 FG | 2-3 FT | 12 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 32 PTS | +9
Ho hum. Another terrific game from Jefferson. Al faced the double team all night, and did a great job of passing to the open man when he wasn’t just scoring anyway.
|Kemba Walker, PG 43 MIN | 8-16 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 22 PTS | +10
Kemba seems to have fully recovered from his injury, as he was back to his Iron Man workload with a team-high 43 minutes. He got a little trigger-happy from long range after finding early success there, but mixed things up enough to finish with an efficient 22 points. Even on nights when his assist total is just average, Kemba keeps the ball churning: According to NBA.com, he leads the league in passes per game by a fair margin.
|Gerald Henderson, SG 32 MIN | 3-7 FG | 6-6 FT | 1 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | +14
Henderson had a below-average scoring night, but that was buoyed by his seven assists. The team’s ball movement has been terrific lately, and that’s part of a general trend. Charlotte’s assists per game have been steadily increasing every month this season.
|Anthony Tolliver, PF 28 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +4
A vanilla night from Tolliver, but he didn’t have much to do on a night when Jefferson and Kemba were (justifiably) dominating the ball.
|Cody Zeller, C 15 MIN | 0-3 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 1 PTS | -6
The rebounds were nice? Zeller had a shaky night, getting viciously stuffed at the rim and playing inconsistent defense that helped Detroit claw their way back into the game. He also committed one of the more bizarre turnovers you’ll see: After grabbing a tough offensive rebound, Zeller collected himself, paused a second, then threw a hard bounce pass to no one that the Pistons turned into an easy two points.
|Bismack Biyombo, C 10 MIN | 1-1 FG | 1-4 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +3
Biz had a decent Biz game, but he didn’t help himself by missing those free throws.
|Ramon Sessions, PG 21 MIN | 6-8 FG | 0-1 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | 0
Sessions didn’t have much of an issue getting to the basket tonight, and Detroit didn’t seem too eager to contest. It was the rare game when Sessions didn’t make a single free throw.
One Thing We Saw
- This was a big win for the Bobcats, as it clinched the season series with the Pistons and put them another game ahead in the battle for the eighth seed. If Charlotte can beat Detroit again tomorrow night, it’ll be interesting to see how the Pistons handle Thursday’s trade deadline.