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Gerald Henderson Leads Charlotte Bobcats to Victory Over Toronto Raptors

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In a game that saw an unusually mediocre performance from star Charlotte Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker (five total points), someone had to step up, someone needed to make a huge impact and that guy was Gerald Henderson. The Henderson-led Bobcats defeated the Toronto Raptors by only two points as they won by a final score of 92-90.

The Cats came out hot as they had a 14-point lead after the first quarter buzzer sounded. They lost their fire in the second as Charlotte struggled to keep up with the Raptors’ offense. At halftime the score was tied. Through great performances from Bobcats including Gerald Henderson, Bismack Biyombo, and Josh McRoberts the Cats were led to their first winning record of the season

Henderson was the highlight of the game as he had one of his best scoring games in a long period of time. In 34 minutes of play he led the Bobcats with 23 points (10-for-17 shooting), three rebounds, and four assists.

Is McRoberts the answer at the starting power forward position? After his exceptional performance in this game it is very understandable just why this guy slowly is becoming a full-time starter for this Bobcats team. He had 13 points, six rebounds, and five assists in the win. McRoberts seems to be in place to keep the starting job for the near future as Cody Zeller spent his fourth straight game on the bench.

Bismack Biyombo once again proved that he can be a huge contributor to this up and coming team. With Al Jefferson still out still healing his right ankle injury Biyombo is doing a great job of filling in during his absence. He had a very positive game both defensively and offensively.

In just five shot attempts on the night Biyombo made four and scored eight total points. He also had 11 rebounds (four offensive) and three blocks. This is exactly what the Cats need from him in these situations — standout defense and positive rebounding totals. He adapted to each of those requests well as he had possibly his best game of the season so far in 40 minutes of play. It was a great team victory by the Cats as everything was working and they were rewarded with a win.

The Cats were very efficient with only eight turnovers. James Southerland, Ben Gordon, Anthony Tolliver, and Jannero Pargo all did not play due to coach Steve Clifford‘s decision. With the win the Bobcats move to a record of 3-2 on the season and are now tied with the Miami Heat atop the Southeast division (ya that’s right!). The Bobcats have the same record as the defending champion Heat! The Cats’ next game is Friday at 7 p.m. as they go up against the New York Knicks for the second time this week.

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+.