Tyrus Thomas beats Pistons in OT, 6-5 |

Tyrus Thomas beats Pistons in OT, 6-5

Charlotte Bobcats 108 Final
Recap | Box Score
101 Detroit Pistons
Tyrus Thomas, PF 38 MIN | 4-14 FG | 5-5 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 13 PTS | +5

5 shots in the paint, just 1 make. 9 shots from midrange, 3 makes. Inefficient scoring, from everywhere.

But, as revealed in the title, he made them in overtime, and helped the team get the win. I guess he just needed a bit longer to warm up.

Bismack Biyombo, PF 34 MIN | 3-6 FG | 4-4 FT | 17 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | +2

Bismack reminded all viewers that Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond weren’t the only intriguing young big men in this game.

Jeffery Taylor, SF 23 MIN | 4-6 FG | 0-1 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | +1

Attacking when available, not settling for too many jumpers. Decent use of limited minutes.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 33 MIN | 3-10 FG | 5-5 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 11 PTS | +8

The scoring efficient is disappointing, especially to shoot 3-10 in consecutive games. But if 11 points and 8 rebounds is an off game for a rookie, he’s doing alright.

Kemba Walker, PG 34 MIN | 9-23 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 7 AST | 20 PTS | +2

Got a couple of baskets in the 4th and overtime – but also missed a fair amount and had a couple of turnovers. The end result wound up ok – but 9 of 23 from the field and just 2 free throw attempts isn’t what Charlotte needs from Kemba.

Ramon Sessions, PG 23 MIN | 5-11 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 15 PTS | +4

Along with Kemba, Gerald Henderson, and Ben Gordon, it was the guards who scored all of the Bobcats points in the 4th quarter and got the game into overtime.

Ben Gordon, SG 29 MIN | 7-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 18 PTS | +9

And it was Ben Gordon leading the Bobcats with 3 steals on the night, as the Bobcats had 13 as a team, part of 22 Detroit turnovers. Ben had a strong night against his former club, with a tidy 18 points on 12 attempts.

Two Things We Saw

  1. I guess I should have picked the turnover battle as the key to the game in the preview. Not only did the Bobcats get 26 points of those Detroit turnovers, but the Cats also managed to win the rebounding battle, 45-44.
  2. To be fair – the Cats won the battle of the boards, despite giving up a high number of offensive rebounds by grabbing even more themselves, with a 19-14 edge in offensive rebounds. Between that edge and the turnover edge, Charlotte attempted 12 more field goals than Detroit, plus 10 more free throws. Give a team enough extra chances, and it will typically come back to bite you.
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