No 4th quarter collapse Cats fans! The Charlotte Bobcats took down the deteriorating Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night by a final score of 105-88. This game now is the 13th straight game the Bobcats have held their opponents to under 100 points. Is it time to take the defense seriously? It’s weird to say, but we’re looking at a top defensive team in the NBA with Charlotte.
The Cats already had an advantage going into the tip-off, because highly publicized Rookie of the Year candidate Michael Carter-Williams was inactive with right knee soreness. Who was the only threat to the Cats? Tony Wroten. Charlotte’s exceptional ball defense shut out scorers like Evan Turner (16 points on 38 percent shooting) and Thaddeus Young (nine points on 33 percent shooting).
Wroten went for a near triple-double with 21 points, eight rebounds and nine rebounds tonight. The 20-year-old shooting guard really looked to be the only spark for the declining Sixers in this one.
For the Charlotte Bobcats, it looked good from the get go, as they never trailed at one point in this game. A great indicator of consistency for the Cats was once again no collapse late in the game like we have seen recently from this team. It was another efficient game for one of the top defensive teams in the league, as the Cats really had an impressive combined nine turnovers.
It was a very impressive statistical night from Charlotte, as four of fiver starters went for double digits in scoring; six total Cats scored in double figures. Jeff Taylor impressed in his starting debut this season, as the second year forward added a team high 2o points along with eight rebounds to help keep the team cemented in the eighth spot.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will be sitting out the next four to six weeks (don’t be surprised if it is more time), and this game was a great indicator that Taylor might strive in his new role for just about the next two months. Kemba Walker (also had 10 assists) and Gerald Henderson also added 18 points each on way to the team’s ninth victory of the season.
Though Al Jefferson did struggle shooting on the night (6-21 from the field), he still managed to add 14 points and a team high 12 rebounds. The Bobcats stay in the odd Eastern Conference playoff picture with this win, but consistency and overall solid play through all four quarters (not two or three) is what is going to get this Bobcats’ team a real playoff spot by the end of the season.
The Bobcats’ next game is Monday at 7:00 P.M. (Eastern time) as the Golden State Warriors and Steph Curry visit Time Warner cable arena.