The Charlotte Bobcats have finally ended their treacherous five-game road trip, and the ending came with a long-awaited win on Saturday as the Bobcats took down Rudy Gay and the Sacramento Kings by a final score of 113-103.
What did I tell you? The Bobcats always play in a more relaxed manner when Kemba Walker has his shot going for him. It was Walker’s night as he exploded for a much-needed 30-point game. The Cats have had an enormous trouble in the last five games due to lack of consistency, poor shooting, or inability to keep up. Saturday shed new light on Charlotte as they shot an impressive 54.2 percent from the field and never let their lead dissipate after the 2nd quarter.
Not only was Walker the star for Charlotte as he found his groove from the field (12-of-19 shooting, 4-of-6 from three), but star center Al Jefferson was a key factor to the Cats securing their fifth win of the season as well. On Big Al’s 29th birthday, he came up big in the fourth quarter, adding 10 of the Bobcats’ 24 points in the frame to go along with four rebounds and a block.
In a sense, this was a must-win game for Steve Clifford‘s squad after losing by a combined 57 points in the past two games and piling up crooked numbers in the loss column. The true key for the Bobcats in this one was their highly efficient shooting. The Bobcats tied a season-high in field goals made with 45 and hit 9-of-15 3 pointers. In a game that saw the team get out rebounded by 14 (11 on the offensive side), the clutch shooting proved to be the X-factor.
The Bobcats will look to dig themselves out of a small hole on Tuesday as they take on John Wall and the Washington Wizards at 7 p.m. E.T. back home at Time Warner Cable Arena. It should be a great point guard matchup between Walker and Wall. The Cats have now moved back to the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference.
Fun Fact: With the road win (seventh of the season) the Bobcats have surpassed their entire win total on the road last year.