Fresh off of the Charlotte Bobcats‘ best win of the season (109-87 over the Indiana Pacers), it’s clear all the motivation was strictly focused on the next matchup. Standing in the way next was Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Cats once again took care of business against the struggling franchise, as they won by a final score of 101-92.
Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson proved why their work as a pair is so important to the Bobcats, as they powered the team to their 29th win of the season. While Walker acted as a floor general and a scorer on the evening, “Big Al” made his most noise on the offensive end. Jefferson scored a game high 28 points to give him his fifth straight game of 20 or more.
It’s clear that when the Jefferson/Walker pair is working well together, it’s only bright things for Queen City’s finest. There is no fight for media attention or competition to be the face of the franchise. At the end of the day for the Bobcats prime duo, it’s all about going out there with the heart and soul of a true winner.
With the win tonight, Charlotte has just matched as many wins over the past two seasons — 7 in 2011 and 22 just the prior season equal the Cats’ 29th win of the season this evening. It’s truly a great sight to see this team on the right track for success for one of the first times in the teams existence. It looks like the Bobcats franchise will go out on a bang before its time to make the switch to the Hornets.
The always fun to watch Walker vs. Irving matchup took another step towards the former Uconn Husky, as he now owns a 3-0 record against the All-Star point guard this season. Walker once again shined going up against one of the league’s best guards, as he compiled a phenomenal stat sheet that included 20 points and a game-high 14 assists. Irving once again struggled from the field and only managed to post 13 total points on 5-17 shooting.
The offense flowed very nicely behind Kemba’s extremely efficient night. Josh McRoberts also contributed 11 points and seven assists in the Cats’ second straight win. It’s always great to see a big man have such a strong contribution to the passing game!
Another great win for Charlotte as they move past this week’s horrendous road trip. If all stays consistent and the Jefferson/Walker duo can’t keep putting up big numbers, then the playoff seeding for this team will only climb higher.
The Bobcats’ next game is Saturday night (8 P.M. ET) against Marc Gasol and the Memphis Grizzles at the Fedex Forum.
Charlotte Bobcats Game MVP: Kemba Walker
Honorable Mention: Al Jefferson
Cleveland Cavaliers Game MVP: Dion Waiters
Honorable Mention: Luol Deng