Miami Heat 99, Charlotte Bobcats 98: Fun While It Lasted -

Miami Heat 99, Charlotte Bobcats 98: Fun While It Lasted

Charlotte Bobcats 98 FinalRecap | Box Score 99 Miami Heat
Josh McRoberts, PF 29 MIN | 4-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -2

Not quite the well-rounded game we usually see from McRoberts, but he did a plus job on defense and made a few late baskets that were crucial in keeping the Bobcats alive.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 24 MIN | 1-2 FG | 4-4 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -6

Foul trouble had MKG on the bench for a big part of the night, but that tends to happen when you’re guarding the best player in the league. When he played, he was relatively effective at keeping LeBron out of the post.

Al Jefferson, C 38 MIN | 7-14 FG | 2-3 FT | 13 REB | 0 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 16 PTS | -3

Jefferson’s found his groove very quickly — he’s averaging 17.6 points on 51 percent shooting in the last five games. He hasn’t stood out on defense, either, which in Al’s case is a good thing. It’s been extremely nice having a post player that can provide reliable, consistent offense. That missed free throw late in the game really ended up hurting, though.

Kemba Walker, PG 42 MIN | 10-22 FG | 5-6 FT | 2 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 27 PTS | +6

It was a high-scoring night for Walker, who always seems more comfortable when he’s taking more shots. Kemba mixed it up, driving the lane for a few tough makes and keeping Miami honest with his mid-range shots. It’s the kind of performance you’d like to see from him more often.

Gerald Henderson, SG 33 MIN | 6-12 FG | 5-5 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 17 PTS | +4

Very nice complementary night from Gerald, as he scored efficiently (17 points on 12 shots) and helped make things difficult for Wade on defense. Did a little bit of everything, as his box score shows.

Cody Zeller, C 19 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +1

Zeller settles for that 20-foot jumper way too often, especially when he finds himself with acres of paint in front of him. That wouldn’t be a problem if he was hitting them, but right now I’m struggling to think of an area where Zeller positively impacts the game. It’s been a tough year for him.

Bismack Biyombo, C 10 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +2

Just a cameo appearance for Biyombo tonight, but he made the most of his time. Solid rebounding, a block, and he even made a sweet jumper from about 15 feet out.

Ramon Sessions, PG 15 MIN | 2-6 FG | 6-6 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | -5

Sessions did what he does, coming off the bench hot and getting to the line. Another guy you can count on most nights.

Ben Gordon, SG 7 MIN | 0-0 FG | 1-2 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 1 PTS | -4

Not much to report here, as he was just sopping up a few bench minutes, but Gordon seeing any court time at all is still worth noting.

Jeff Taylor, SG 23 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 7 PTS | +2

Solid game from Taylor offensively, but he doesn’t quite have the size to defend LeBron in the post (not that many people do). He still did a game job of keeping in front of James in his 23 minutes. He had a few too many turnovers, too.

Three Things We Saw

  1. Chris Bosh made three improbable three-pointers in a row to help the Heat eke out a win, but the Bobcats got a bit of shooting luck as well. Charlotte took and made a boatload of mid-range shots in the third quarter to build their lead:
  2. Miami went 5-of-5 on three-pointers in the fourth quarter, which obviously played a big part in cutting down Charlotte’s lead. When they’re dialed in and focused, their ball movement is insane.
  3. This dropped the Bobcats to 0-6 against teams currently over .500. The effort was obviously encouraging, but at some point they need to start closing out games against good teams.
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