Charlotte Bobcats @ Heat, 1/2/10
Well, I’ll Be Damned…
The Charlotte Bobcats get just their second road win of the year by defeating the Miami Heat 107-97 Saturday afternoon in Miami. AP recap here, box score here. The Bobcats now stand at 13-18 overall, hanging on to the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference. Stephen Jackson had a season high 35 points (11-20 FG, 4-7 3PT, 9-9 FT), 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals to lead the way.
Sorry for getting this post up late. I spent the afternoon with family and friends watching my alma mater, the South Carolina Gamecocks, lay an egg in their bowl game. I figured I’d check the Bobcats score afterwards and see yet another road loss to complete my day of misery (especially against the Heat), but low and behold, a win!
So I fired up the DVR when I got home and watched the last 18 minutes or so of the game. That was easily the best 4th quarter the Cats have played on the road this year, maybe the best overall. In the decisive period, the Cats scored 34 points, while holding Dwyane Wade and the Heat to 25.
The Cats went with a unit of DJ/Raymond/Jack/Crash/Diaw down the stretch — they looked supremely confident and aggressive. DJ and Jack were hitting from the outside; their sharpshooting had the Heat a little antsy on defense, which allowed the Cats to sneak by for several driving layups to mix in with all the threes.
Some numbers: in the fourth quarter, DJ and Stephen Jackson combined to go 6-7 from 3-point distance. Over the last 8 1/2 minutes, the unit of DJ, Raymond, Jack, Crash and Diaw shot 8-11 from the field. The Cats hit 4-4 free throws in the fourth quarter and 28-31 overall. Perhaps most encouragingly, the Cats limited themselves to just 11 turnovers, well below their season average.
- As bad as the Bobcats medium-to-long term prospects are as a franchise, aren’t you glad you aren’t a Wizards fan? Unbelievable what’s going on there.
- Larry Brown was positively chipper in his postgame comments; he lauded the effort, the decrease in turnovers, and Jackson’s overall game.
- Tough road back-to-back, as the Cats head to Cleveland to take on Lebron and the Cavs at 6PM ET on Sunday.
take it away, Stephanie: