The Charlotte Bobcats haven’t had much to cheer about this season. Coming into Saturday’s game with the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Bobcats were 10-32, were sporting a 16-game home losing streak and had looked relatively incompetent through most of this.
However, they battled back from an 18-point deficit to grab a 102-101 win over the Timberwolves, improving their record and ending their abysmal home losing streak that was three games shy of the NBA record.
The game was back-and-forth in the final period, especially with Ricky Rubio hitting a reverse layup with 29 seconds left to give Minnesota a 101-99 lead. That set up the Bobcats’ final possession shown here:
So to recap that possession, Charlotte almost committed three turnovers in 24 seconds and were forced to save the ball from going out of bounds. Somehow that all ended up with Gerald Henderson hitting a three after a pump-fake sent Andrei Kirilenko flying by on a block attempt.
That seems like only a play that would fit into this Bobcats season.
For a team that has made a habit of blowing leads and choking away games and opportunities down the stretch this season, they seemed to do everything short of repeating that habit on Saturday.
But the important part is that they didn’t do that. They weathered through some poor decisions, got a bit of good luck and drained the game-winning shot. That’s something that hasn’t seemed possible for most of the 2012-2013 Bobcats season.
And now that it did happen, no matter if it was pretty or not, that seems like a good sign.