|Josh McRoberts, PF 31 MIN | 4-6 FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | -1
McRoberts’ hot streak from three continued, as he hit both of his attempts. This is probably the ideal McRoberts box score, as he spaced the floor, grabbed available boards and kept the offense churning with his passes.
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 25 MIN | 3-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | -12
Quiet night from MKG, but he came through with a few nice hustle plays and good if inconsistent defense. He spent most of his night chasing JJ Redick around a million screens, and did a credible job of preventing easy three-pointers.
|Al Jefferson, C 36 MIN | 12-23 FG | 0-2 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 24 PTS | -3
Al’s carrying the offense with Kemba out, and that seems to be working fine. He shoots a curiously low amount of free throws for a guy who lives in the paint, but when he’s gobbling up possessions and making half his shots it doesn’t really matter.
|Ramon Sessions, PG 36 MIN | 4-12 FG | 2-4 FT | 2 REB | 8 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 10 PTS | -1
Not a great scoring effort but his passing was sharp, notching eight of the team’s 22 assists. He lucked out in one of the game’s biggest moments, as his floater in the lane dropped well short of the rim but fell into Gerald Henderson’s hands for the easy dunk. I’m not sure if that counted as one of his dimes.
|Gerald Henderson, SG 36 MIN | 6-14 FG | 1-4 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 13 PTS | -1
Henderson’s efficiency took a hit on a night the refs mostly swallowed their whistles. He still made an impact, though, hustling for boards and being in position for some of the game’s biggest plays.
|Anthony Tolliver, PF 23 MIN | 3-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | +14
Tolliver brought a little more offensive variety than usual: His two shots inside the arc doubled his season average, and he attempted his 15th and 16th free throws of the year. He’s usually doing exactly what the Bobcats want by camping at the three-point line, but it was fun to see him mix it up a bit.
|Cody Zeller, C 17 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +7
Not a good offensive game from Zeller, and on defense he was abused by Griffin when the two were matched up. Hopefully that built some character.
|Bismack Biyombo, C 12 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +7
Steady defensive play, excellent rebounding and no wasted possessions makes this a pretty good game for Biyombo. It’s a low bar, but clearing a low bar is better than not clearing a low bar.
|Jannero Pargo, PG 12 MIN | 5-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +5
Pargo must hate handling the ball, because he shot it as quickly as he could for most of the night. Since most of his attempts were falling, it’s hard to hold that against him.
|Chris Douglas-Roberts, SG 12 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +
5CDR gave the Bobcats the lead going into the fourth with a quick tip-in at the buzzer, but the rest of his night didn’t make much of an impression.
Two Things We Saw
- The Bobcats did a terrific job avoiding fouls, with the Clippers only taking nine free-throw attempts in the game. That’s 20 fewer than their average, and their lowest mark all year. Charlotte actually held them to just 10 free throws in their first meeting this year, which was their previous low.
- Both teams were missing their starting point guards, with Charlotte’s Kemba Walker and L.A.’s Chris Paul recovering from injuries. Both are making the most of their situations, though: The Bobcats moved to 2-0 without Kemba and the Clippers dropped to 6-3.