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Anthony Davis’ All-Star Performance Leads To Charlotte Bobcats Loss

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Tonight, we got a saddening glimpse of the old Charlotte Bobcats. The team that always got blown out, looked sloppy and couldn’t seem to keep up with the opposing team.

Coming off a great team win against the Cleveland Cavaliers, you would think that the Cats would come into their next game looking confident and ready, but that is not the case as they lost to the New Orleans Pelicans by a final score of 105-84.

The Pelicans were led to victory by possibly the best performance of Anthony Davis‘ young career so far. Davis made the Bobcats pay both on the offensive and defensive end tonight as he slowly started to prove that he can be the Pelicans’ answer for a franchise player. In 37 minutes of play, Davis put up 25 points (9-of-13 shooting), had eight rebounds, six steals, six blocks and four assists.

The Bobcats simply could not keep up with Davis and the Pelicans from the get go as they finished the first quarter facing an 18-point deficit, and the lead never seemed to change as New Orleans dominated the Cats for the remainder of the game. The Bobcats were outshot, out-rebounded, and possibly the most embarrassing stat of the night is the struggling Cats were blocked 18 total times during the game.

Kemba Walker and Jeffery Taylor both contributed to the Bobcats’ sloppy and mediocre play tonight as we saw performances from both that we don’t see very often. Cody Zeller saw little play tonight (1o minutes) as he started his second consecutive game on the bench. Is he now an official member of the Bobcats bench? It sure is starting to look like that is the case.

The Bobcats now are on a two-game losing streak as they move to a record of 1-2. Their next game is on Tuesday as they take on the New York Knicks in historic Madison Square Garden.

Daniel Carney covers the Charlotte Bobcats for rantsports.com. You can follow him on Twitter @dan_jcarney, subscribe to him on YouTube where he talks sports, and add him on Google+.