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Despite Spirited Effort Bobcats Come Up Short Vs. Sixers

Philadelphia 76ers 98 Final
Recap | Box Score
89 Charlotte Bobcats
Corey Maggette, SF 32 MIN | 8-16 FG | 6-8 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 22 PTS | -7

Maggette played his best game of the year, as he was efficient from the field and got to the line with regularity (6-8). He also notched three steals. If he can remain healthy it will go a long way towards making the Bobcats a more competitive team.

Boris Diaw, PF 39 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 10 AST | 2 PTS | -3

Boris did a great of of finding his teammates for easy baskets tonight, a skill fans wish he would exhibit more often. Although he didn’t look for his shot much, his affect on the offense was still tangible. He added two blocks on the defensive end as well.

Bismack Biyombo, C 24 MIN | 3-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS | 0

Biyombo struggled at times on offense, committing three turnovers when he had to handle the ball, primarily at the top of the key. However, he pulled down seven rebounds in 23 minutes and notched another blocked shot. He continues to play hard as well, something you can always say about him.

Reggie Williams, SF 39 MIN | 5-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 14 PTS | -1

Williams hit a couple threes early on, but his shot came up short time and time again throughout the rest of the contest.

Kemba Walker, PG 39 MIN | 6-15 FG | 6-9 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 21 PTS | -4

Kemba got into the lane early and often and hit two 3-pointers in the 4th quarter to keep the Bobcats in it, but struggled overall from the field.

Tyrus Thomas, PF 9 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -6

Three fouls in 9 minutes. Nothing else.

Derrick Brown, F 18 MIN | 1-2 FG | 2-4 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | 0

No double-figure scoring night for Brown, though he hit the boards with regularity, snagging five in 18 minutes off the bench.

Byron Mullens, C 24 MIN | 4-13 FG | 5-5 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 13 PTS | -9

Good work on the boards and a few nice blocks for Mullens in 24 minutes.

Four Things We Saw

  1. Tonight was a much more competitive game, due in large part to contributions from the veterans Maggette and Diaw. If both can remain healthy and effective, once Augustin and Henderson return the ‘Cats should certainly give the fans more to cheer about.
  2. Thomas goes from bad to worse. There are a number of things I could complain about when it comes to Tyrus Thomas (has he ever heard of a preacher curl?). After an encouraging effort Saturday night vs. the Clippers, it’s disappointing to see this type of performance out of him. Even though he’s only 25, Thomas needs to carry himself like one of the veterans. For the most part, he hasn’t done that this season
  3. Losing streak hits 15. After their improved performance tonight and with the hopes that Augustin will rejoin the team Wednesday night in Minneapolis, the Bobcats have to feel better about breaking this streak sooner than later.
  4. Hitting the road. The Bobcats will visit Minnesota, Toronto, and Indiana on the upcoming three-game road trip. They’ll be back at the TWC Arena the following Wednesday to complete the back-end of a home and home with the Pacers.