Charlotte Bobcats vs 76ers, 12/5/09
A Win Is A Win
The Charlotte Bobcats overcame a 10-point 4th quarter deficit to defeat the Philadelphia 76ers 106-105 on Saturday night at the Cable Box. AP story here, box score here. The Cats played uninspired ball for most of the game, allowing Willie Green to go for a season-high 26. But down the stretch, Raymond Felton and Boris Diaw were able to push the Cats past the shorthanded Sixers.
The Sixers led 99-89 with 5 minutes left, but would only get two field goals and two free throws the rest of the way. Meanwhile, the Cats turned aggressive and clutch, going 7-8 from the free throw lie and 2-4 from 3PT over the same period. The last minute of the game was notable for its drama and sloppiness.
With the Cats down 103-102, Stephen Jackson missed a three — Jack had a poor game and an even poorer finish to the game. On the ensuing Sixers possession Jack completely whiffed trying to guard Igoudala, who was able to get into the lane with a head of steam. However, the Cats interior D collapsed on Iggy, who lost the handle and gave the Cats the ball back with 24 seconds left. After a 20 second timeout, the Cats inbounded to Diaw, who spun, drove into the lane and was able to get a pretty easy finger roll to take the lead 104-103 — but with 17 seconds left.
The Sixers took a timeout to set up a play; but they wouldn’t even need it as Stephen Jackson committed an inexplicable reach-in foul of Igoudala in the backcourt. With the Sixers in the bonus, Igoudala sunk both free throws to retake the lead 105-104 with 13 seconds left. With no timeouts, Raymond Felton had to freelance a play, which should make any Bobcats fan shudder.
Fortunately, Raymond was on point tonight and it was Sam Dalembert trying to guard him coming around a Diaw high screen. Dalembert committed the mortal sin of neither showing high, nor dropping back to defend the pick. Felton was able to turn the corner, turn on the jets and get enough separation from Dalembert to get a clean, game-winning layup.
Boris takes player of the game honors with 28 points (10-12 FG, 5-6 3 PT, 3-3 FT), 5 rebs, 2 asst, 2 blocks, and a steal. Nice to see you again, Boris. Gerald Wallace continued his torrid rebounding pace with 24/14 and Felton played great with 18 points (6-11 FG, 1-1 3PT, 5-5 FT, 8 asst/2 turnovers and a +15 +/-. Nazr Mohammed paced the bench with 9/6 on 4-5 FG shooting.
- Retweet: The Cats gave away Stephen Jackson posters to the first five thousand through the turnstiles tonight. There are leftover Stephen Jackson posters.
- DJ Augustin logged his second straight DNP-CD. He looked pretty bummed on the bench. This is most unfortunate for DJ personally, but also for Bobcats fans that were hoping to see him take a couple steps forward this season.
- It is fortunate for Gerald Henderson, who logged 20 minutes — some in crunch time. He had a highlight reel block and dunk (see highlight reel), but was only 1-5 FG.
- As mediocre and inconsistent as the 8-11 Bobcats are, they’re currently 7th in the Eastern Conference.
- The Sports Guy can’t believe Gerald Wallace’s rebound numbers this year. It’s a combination of things: 1) I believe Wallace has lost a step and some of his hops, and is conscientiously looking for other ways to contribute (good for him), 2) Diaw doesn’t like to rebound (so bourgeois) and Chandler hasn’t been much, 3) the Bobcats play good D, resulting in a lot of defensive rebounding opportunities and 4) the Bobcats play bad offense, leading to a lot of offensive rebound opportunities.
- Next game is Tuesday night as the Nuggets (Thuggets?) come into town, 7:00 PM ET.