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Former Bobcat burns Bobcats again

Philadelphia 76ers 104 Final
Recap | Box Score
98 Charlotte Bobcats
Jeffery Taylor, SF 33 MIN | 6-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 16 PTS | -8

Taylor looks more confident with each game. Tonight, he continued to show off his jumper (though the one he missed in the last minute hurt) and also is improving at finishing around the basket. A huge dunk in the first and a nice jump stop lay-in later on. Plus, continuous in your face defense.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 28 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | -12

Disappeared it felt like for stretches (though he wound up with only 28 minutes, so that’s part of it) – but he still finished with 10 points and 8 rebounds. Tough choice for his best play of the night – the blow by on Thaddeus Young for a dunk, or a coast to coast drive for the basket.

Brendan Haywood, C 25 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | -4

Lacking tonight, especially against a slightly small 76ers front court of Lavoy Allen and Thaddeus Young.

Byron Mullens, C 34 MIN | 3-12 FG | 4-4 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | -4

Mullens started off aggressive with his first 3 baskets coming off attacking the basket and post ups. Then he started drifting to the perimeter and missing jumpers. And on defense, he was slow recovering off pick and rolls and struggled when the Bobcats were in a zone.

Kemba Walker, PG 27 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 9 AST | 13 PTS | -8

A good game from Kemba, though Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner also had very good nights at the Bobcats’ guards expense. Nice work distributing, and couldn’t draw contact to get any free throws tonight. With his still off and on jumper, he needs to get to the line consistently (though he did hit a couple of threes tonight).

Bismack Biyombo, PF 24 MIN | 5-6 FG | 4-8 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 14 PTS | +4

Very strong game from Bismack. The Sixers chose to show hard on pick and rolls and leave Bismack free to run to the rim, which he did. They would also leave him on the weak side to help on defense, and Bismack made them pay, by getting good position and attacking the basket as soon as he got the ball – no slow moves or multiple pump fakes, just up and at the rim.

Ramon Sessions, PG 28 MIN | 3-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 8 PTS | +3

Ramon helped the Bobcats get back in, but played a little out of control at times and didn’t do enough to offset some tough shots. A well rounded line, but bettered by the opposition.

Ben Gordon, SG 33 MIN | 8-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 19 PTS | +5

Ben gets some credit for relatively efficient scoring of his own – but he also left Jason Richardson open multiple times in the 4th quarter, as the former Bobcat dropped in 4 threes in the quarter. The five assists were a nice bonus, with his no-look bounce pass under the basket to Bismack for a big jam being a nice highlight.

Three Things We Saw

  1. While the Bobcats held a size advantage in the front court for portions of the game, the Sixers had the advantage on the perimeter, as Evan Turner and Jrue Holiday had very nice games – Evan Turner scoring at will and Jrue creating for his teammates. The Bobcats best offensive option is to go small – but it leaves them vulnerable and the Sixers took advantage.
  2. A remarkably similar line for the two teams, outside of the final score (and shooting). The Bobcats actually won the rebounding battle by a couple of boards and outscored Philly in the paint (56-50), but Philly took advantage of being more efficient from the field and the Bobcats didn’t make their additional free throws – going 12 of 18, while Philly was 8 of 10, which is 4 possessions that the Bobcats used at the stripe where they only got 4 points.
  3. Like Shannon Brown earlier this year, a former Bobcat burned the team by getting hot from deep in the 4th quarter. Tonight, Jason Richardson dropped four triples in the 4th to get the Sixers the win, after Shannon Brown made 6 for the Suns in a Phoenix victory. When the Bobcats face the Pacers next time, they’ll want to make sure to put a hand in D.J. Augustin’s face, seeing as he and Richardson share the team record with Ben Gordon for threes in a game with 7.