The Charlotte Bobcats looked for a rebound win tonight after coming up short to the defending champions by one point, but their efforts against the Dallas Mavericks came up short as they lost by a final score of 89-82.
This was easily one of the most efficient games of the season for both teams as the combined turnover total between both teams was 19. In an up-and-down battle type of game, the lead switched around many times during the game, but the fourth quarter sparked new life for the Mavericks.
The Mavs outscored the young Bobcats squad 29-15 which was the key reason the Cats ended up putting another L in the loss column tonight. Poor on-ball defense and offensive inconsistency were the prime reasons that Charlotte was the farthest thing from perfect in the most important quarter of the game.
The Cats simply could not contain Dirk Nowitzki tonight as he went for 14 points in the final quarter. He almost single-handedly outscored the team in the fourth, but his teammates like Monta Ellis helped him ultimately guide the team to a victory to the current sixth seed in the conference. On the night, Dirk tallied 25 points and a very lacking three rebounds (that is very unlike him).
Al Jefferson had yet another double-double tonight as he went for 19 points and 12 rebounds in the losing effort. Kemba Walker also provided another balanced stat line as he had 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists. A great night for Kemba as he didn’t just focus on his own game, but rather enhanced the game within the players around him. The Bobcats lost this game clearly out of the beating they took in the final quarter.
If the second best opponent scoring defense (Bobcats) wants to stay near the top of the NBA team defensive rankings, they need to learn how to play better, more consistent basketball through all quarters and not lose a lead going into the end of the game.