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Charlotte Bobcats: Loss To Indiana Pacers Most Lopsided Loss Of Season

Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

The can clearly showed just how bad the Charlotte Bobcats blew this game. On Wednesday night, the Bobcats suffered their worst loss of the 2013-14 season to the Indiana Pacers by a final score of 99-74.

One thing you may notice is that the score is extremely lopsided, but it wasn’t like that the entire game. After three quarters, it was a relatively even game, as the Cats trailed the Pacers by a score of 60-52. Eight points? Some might think that is a pretty decent lead, but you could easily tell that Charlotte still could have had a chance in the fourth to bounce back.

The fourth quarter is what lost the Bobcats any chance of coming back in the game and defeating the top team in the Eastern Conference. The Cats were outscored by 17 (39-22) in the fourth quarter behind dominant performances by C.J. Watson, Lance Stephenson and many more.

Wait? Stephenson and Watson? What about Roy Hibbert and Paul George? I personally think that Stephenson and Watson shined brighter tonight against Charlotte’s heart and soul. Watson went for 18 off the bench, including six three pointers (6-7 from three), and Stephenson had a double double with 15 points and 1o rebounds. Hibbert also had a double double (14 points, 10 rebounds), but was Stephenson a more important player tonight? Hibbert clearly struggled from the field (4-14 shooting), and Stephenson (a shooting guard) had just as many rebounds as the starting center.

George didn’t have his best night ever, as he also struggled from the field (6-15), but added a solid 15 points, five rebounds, and four assists in a convincing victory.

We didn’t see anything too great from the Bobcats tonight, as they move to a record of 7-9. Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker were the top players for the Cats, as both put up great stat lines, but couldn’t keep up with Indiana in the fourth.

Jefferson had 16 points and nine boards in the loss. It was great seeing him match up with Hibbert, but the team realized that they had to be stronger against the Pacers’ scorers in the last quarter. Walker had 15 points, five rebounds, and three assists on the night.

The Bobcats’ next game is Friday against the Milwaukee Bucks. This is a must win for Charlotte, since they will go up against the worst team in the East at 7 P.M. eastern time.

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+