Charlotte Bobcats vs Suns, 1/16/10
The Charlotte Bobcats decimated the Phoenix Suns 125-99 on Saturday night at the Cable Box, and it wasn’t really even that close. AP recap here, box score here. The Cats are now 19-19 overall and 15-4 at home. They’ve won 7 in a row at home and 7 of their last 8 overall.
Unlike the night before, when the Cats played even with the Spurs before turning up the heat midway through the third, the Cats jumped all over the Suns right from the opening bell tonight. Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson were both on fire. It was 12-0 just 2 1/2 minutes in, 43-22 after the first quarter and 103-64 at one point in the third quarter. Only a meaningless spurt by the Suns’ last-five-off-the-bench in the closing minutes brought the final margin under 30.
The Suns don’t play much D; the Cats took advantage of this while resisting the urge to do the same. For the second night in a row, the Bobcats trapping defense took a top-notch, veteran Western Conference team out of their comfort zone. The Cats scored 26 fast break points to the Suns 5 and scored 24 points off 15 Suns turnovers.
Gerald Wallace had 29 points (11-15 FG, 2-2 3PT, 5-6 FT) and 13 rebounds. Stephen Jackson also had 29 points (11-17 FG, 4-6 3PT, 3-3 FT) and added 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals. Perhaps most important is that both got to sit most of the 4th quarter with the game well in hand; Gerald played 31 minutes, Jack 29.
Everyone got into the act; literally. Derrick Brown was in double-digits by halftime and finished with a career high 18 points. Gerald Henderson played 10 minutes, and even Acie Law got a bucket in junk time.
- While attendance was not nearly the 17,574 that was announced, it was a really good crowd. Probably the biggest crowd I’ve seen this season (note, I did not attend opening night).
- So can we all stop clamoring for Gerald Henderson to get playing time over Flip Murray, or even Steven Graham? Henderson’s 10 minutes tonight were not pretty. I’m OK with him learning by watching at this point. Jack and Flip are pretty good guys to learn from.
- Both Jack and Amare Stoudemire scored their 10,000th career point tonight.
- The Bobcats play next on Monday afternoon in a Martin Luther King Day special at 2PM ET. Tyreke Evans and the Kings will be in town.