Charlotte Bobcats 96, Cleveland Cavaliers 94: Winning Ugly -

Charlotte Bobcats 96, Cleveland Cavaliers 94: Winning Ugly

Charlotte Bobcats 96 FinalRecap | Box Score 94 Cleveland Cavaliers
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 22 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-1 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -1

MKG had a better game than his statline shows: He didn’t score much, but he was very active, pushed the tempo and rebounded as well as usual. He also helped hold Luol Deng to a rough five points on 2-of-10 shooting.

Al Jefferson, C 41 MIN | 9-21 FG | 6-8 FT | 15 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 24 PTS | -3

Another fine night from Al Jefferson, but it’s a little concerning to see him play so many minutes. It’s understandable, since the dropoff from Jefferson to Biyombo is so large, but it’d be interesting to see Zeller play some minutes at backup center when Josh McRoberts returns to the lineup.

Cody Zeller, C 37 MIN | 4-6 FG | 4-8 FT | 11 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | -2

Cody had a very solid night, hitting most of his shots from mid-range and rebounding well. He’s a smart passer, especially recently, but the ball movement and spacing still aren’t the same with McRoberts on the bench. Zeller’s shown a lot of promise since the All-Star break, but Josh is probably a better fit with the starting lineup for now.

Kemba Walker, PG 42 MIN | 7-23 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 7 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 20 PTS | +8

It took a ton of shots to get there, but Kemba ground out 20 points when there wasn’t much working for the offense. He got torched on defense, though, with Kyrie Irving scoring 44 points. His crunch-time play was a little disappointing, too, as he went 2-of-9 in the fourth quarter and overtime.

Gerald Henderson, SG 33 MIN | 5-13 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 15 PTS | +4

Henderson had a few big dunks, and was one of three players to score in OT for Charlotte.

Anthony Tolliver, PF 16 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | +2

Not quite the shooting display we’ve seen recently, but the rebounds are nice and he was generally effective in his time on the court.

Bismack Biyombo, C 12 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +8

Zero points, but the defense was solid and he had a ton of rebounds per minute. He kept several offensive possessions alive with his four offensive boards.

Luke Ridnour, PG 12 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -4

Ridnour was part of some shaky defensive units, but the long-range shooting was nice to see, as were the assists. More like this would be nice.

Gary Neal, SG 19 MIN | 0-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -2

Neal settled for some poor shots in this one, and he can’t point to his defense like Biz can.

Chris Douglas-Roberts, SG 31 MIN | 3-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 9 PTS | 0

The shooting wasn’t great, but his effort was nice and he looked better in transition.

One Thing We Saw

  1. The Bobcats face the Wizards next on Wednesday — if they can pull out a win, they’ll swap into the sixth seed. The time off should do them good.
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