|Josh McRoberts, PF 34 MIN | 5-12 FG | 2-3 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | +8
McRoberts came on strong in the fourth quarter, scoring nine of his 12 points and notching three offensive rebounds. Though he didn’t have a good shooting night, going 0-for-4 from three, his passing helped keep things moving. That included a sick behind-the-back dish to Anthony Tolliver for a easy bucket late in the game.
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 15 MIN | 1-3 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +21
Foul trouble limited his overall impact, but Kidd-Gilchrist’s energy was a big part of the team’s 28-8 advantage in the first quarter. The defense was there, too, as MKG and Tolliver combined to hold Paul George to a career-worst 0-for-9 shooting. Kidd-Gilchrist’s foul rate has been high all year, but it’s hard to get too upset about: very few are dumb fouls, and a full-speed 15-20 minutes from Michael is probably better than a careful 25-30.
|Al Jefferson, C 36 MIN | 16-25 FG | 1-2 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 34 PTS | +30
Another stellar night from Al Jefferson. This season has reminded me a lot of Zach Randolph’s renaissance in Memphis; both have always been dominant scorers, but need a defensive scheme tailored to their limitations. Jefferson’s finally found one here.
|Kemba Walker, PG 33 MIN | 7-14 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 9 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | +37
Kemba’s stroke finally returned, and his passing was crisp, too. Kemba’s jump shot is usually the difference between a good game and a bad game, and he went 6-for-7 outside the paint tonight. Good game.
|Chris Douglas-Roberts, SG 29 MIN | 4-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | +26
Clifford gave CDR the start over Gary Neal tonight, and that moved paid off. Douglas-Roberts brought a nice energy, pushing the ball out on the break and hitting all of his (wide open) threes. His defense was solid, too, notching three steals.
|Anthony Tolliver, PF 27 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-1 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -2
A Very Tolliver Box Score, as he didn’t contribute much aside from his three-point shooting. But three-point shooting is great!
|Cody Zeller, C 20 MIN | 4-6 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +11
A really strong fourth quarter from Zeller (3-of-3, eight points) where he showed flashes of his potential. Especially nice was a steal and breakaway dunk that helped deflate the Pacers’ efforts to claw back in.
|Bismack Biyombo, C 6 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -5
Short minutes from Biyombo, as Clifford opted instead to play a Zeller/McRoberts frontcourt for a stretch in the fourth.
|Luke Ridnour, PG 13 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -17
Ridnour hasn’t put up many counting stats in his time with the Bobcats, but he’s nice to have as a reliable ballhandler.
|Gary Neal, SG 25 MIN | 3-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -1
Neal’s long-range shooting continues to be far superior to his work inside the arc: through four games, he’s shooting 47 percent from downtown vs. 29 percent inside the arc. He definitely draws attention, though, and he’s eked out double-digit games in each of his appearances with Charlotte.
Charlotte Bobcats 109, Indiana Pacers 87: Smear No. 1
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