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Eighteen is greater than 21

New Orleans Hornets 98 Final
Recap | Box Score
95 Charlotte Bobcats
Hakim Warrick, PF 30 MIN | 4-9 FG | 4-6 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | -8

Warrick has been a very pleasant surprise for the Cats to date. He’s filled in admirably (and I would say more effectively) for Mullens. Good work on the boards and held his own when matched up against Anthony Davis.

Bismack Biyombo, PF 26 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +10

Struggled with the size of Lopez on the boards, which led Coach Dunlap to go to Haywood more often than not when he was in the game. You don’t look for the team to run the offense through Biz by any means, but he has to make himself more available when his teammates penetrate into the paint as well as manage to convert a few offensive rebounds into baskets.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 26 MIN | 11-14 FG | 0-2 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 22 PTS | +5

A shame he suffered the eye contusion as he was undoubtedly on his way to his best game as a pro. About as efficient as can be from the floor and outside of the two missed free throws it’s difficult to note anything else negative. Played with great energy and showed the extreme aggressiveness he seemed to have lost the past few games. Even drew the assignment of Davis on the defensive end from time to time, faring respectably.

Kemba Walker, PG 40 MIN | 7-15 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 9 AST | 15 PTS | +7

A bounce back game of sorts for Kemba, who was relatively efficient from the field and dished out nine assists versus only 2 turnovers. Needs to get to the line more often, however. And, as Spencer pointed out on Twitter, he has to minimize the complaining to the refs or he will develop a reputation across the League and have an even more difficult time getting calls.

Gerald Henderson, SG 30 MIN | 6-10 FG | 5-6 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 19 PTS | -7

Very strong game from Henderson. Outside of Warrick, the only Bobcats player to get to the line more than twice.

Jeffery Taylor, SF 20 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | +2

A pair of threes for Taylor, one of which was heavily contested – a good sign for the rookie. Also drew Davis for a few possessions, as I assume Dunlap was looking to Taylor’s length and agility to attempt to give him problems.

Brendan Haywood, C 20 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 4 PTS | -13

Seemed to exhibit more energy after the recent demotion to third string center. Helped sure up the boards versus the likes of Lopez and Davis and put back one offensive rebound for a dunk.

Ramon Sessions, PG 30 MIN | 1-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 5 AST | 3 PTS | -8

Bad game. Not much else to say.

Ben Gordon, SG 18 MIN | 6-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 14 PTS | -3

Continued his solid shot to minute ratio (thirteen in 18 minutes), though unfortunately only six were makes and none came from behind the arc. A couple of careless turnovers as well.

Mike Dunlap

Pulled the right strings for much of the night, though he couldn’t find an answer for the team’s second half struggles when they were forced to operate in the half court more often. Picked up his first technical of the year.

Three Things We Saw

  1. 21. The Bobcats largest lead of the night. It wasn’t enough as NOLA came out of the gates fast in the 3rd quarter and never looked back.
  2. 21. Fast break points for the Bobcats in the first half. The second half? 6. Consequently, they struggled to score in the second half as their half court offense continues to have problems.
  3. 18. Losses in a row. The Bobcats close out 2012 on the road in Chicago where they look to avert number 19.