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Charlotte Bobcats Set Franchise Assists Record in Win Over Dallas Mavericks

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Keep sleeping on the Charlotte Bobcats NBA world, because wins like tonight will make this team’s actions once again speak louder than league chatter and trash talk. After a historic and record-setting evening, the Bobcats notched just their second win in 19 tries against Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks, winning by a convincing final score of 114-89.

The theme surrounding the Cats as of late has been finding another consistent scorer besides just Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson, and tonight that burning need was emphatically answered. Though Walker struggled with just seven points on the night, Charlotte’s great flow on the offensive end opened up space for Anthony Tolliver to have one of his best games in a Bobcats uniform. Tolliver tallied 22 points (five three pointers) in 25 minutes off the bench. With the focus clearly on Big Al in the post, Tolliver was allowed to take full advantage on the scrambling Dallas defense.

Whether it was shooting, rebounding or phenomenal passing displays, it’s clear that the Cats dominated the Mavs on both ends of the court throughout the entirety of the contest. After a close first quarter dominating play in the 2nd and 3rd allowed Charlotte to get the upper hand as the final quarter loomed in the distance.

This was one of the nights that Bobcats fans can feel proud to be part of such a promising franchise on the rise. Whether it was setting a ridiculous franchise record for assists (42 on the night, led by Josh McRoberts with 13), watching Tolliver become that true x-factor many have awaited, scoring a total 60 points in the paint, shooting an exceptional 50-plus percent as a team, tying a season high for team three pointers (12) or Jeferson being unstoppable with his back-to-the-basket post game … all was going in the right direction for this team tonight. If a player couldn’t aid on one side of the ball, they found a way to help the team to victory on the other. A true team effort to shock one of the NBA’s hottest teams. It surely was a convincing win in front of the dedicated Time Warner Cable Arena crowd.

Charlotte Bobcats Game MVP: Al Jefferson

Runner Up: Anthony Tolliver

Dallas Mavericks Game MVP: Monta Ellis

Runner Up: Dirk Nowitzki

In other news: Ben Gordon was again inactive for Charlotte tonight! This is his 15th-straight “inactive” game. Like he really has been out with an “illness” for the past month; if that is so, then why hasn’t a sufficient update been provided for weeks? Get this man out of Charlotte now.

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+.