Bobcats Score Road Win In Miami

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Charlotte Bobcats @ Heat, 1/2/10

Well, I’ll Be Damned…

The Charlotte Bobcats get just their second road win of the year by defeating the Miami Heat 107-97 Saturday afternoon in Miami.  AP recap here, box score here.  The Bobcats now stand at 13-18 overall, hanging on to the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference.  Stephen Jackson had a season high 35 points (11-20 FG, 4-7 3PT, 9-9 FT), 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals to lead the way.

Sorry for getting this post up late.  I spent the afternoon with family and friends watching my alma mater, the South Carolina Gamecocks, lay an egg in their bowl game.  I figured I’d check the Bobcats score afterwards and see yet another road loss to complete my day of misery (especially against the Heat), but low and behold, a win!

So I fired up the DVR when I got home and watched the last 18 minutes or so of the game.  That was easily the best 4th quarter the Cats have played on the road this year, maybe the best overall.  In the decisive period, the Cats scored 34 points, while holding Dwyane Wade and the Heat to 25.

The Cats went with a unit of DJ/Raymond/Jack/Crash/Diaw down the stretch — they looked supremely confident and aggressive.  DJ and Jack were hitting from the outside; their sharpshooting had the Heat a little antsy on defense, which allowed the Cats to sneak by for several driving layups to mix in with all the threes.

Some numbers: in the fourth quarter, DJ and Stephen Jackson combined to go 6-7 from 3-point distance.  Over the last 8 1/2 minutes, the unit of DJ, Raymond, Jack, Crash and Diaw shot 8-11 from the field.  The Cats hit 4-4 free throws in the fourth quarter and 28-31 overall.  Perhaps most encouragingly, the Cats limited themselves to just 11 turnovers, well below their season average.

Bullets

  • As bad as the Bobcats medium-to-long term prospects are as a franchise, aren’t you glad you aren’t a Wizards fan?  Unbelievable what’s going on there.
  • Larry Brown was positively chipper in his postgame comments; he lauded the effort, the decrease in turnovers, and Jackson’s overall game.
  • Tough road back-to-back, as the Cats head to Cleveland to take on Lebron and the Cavs at 6PM ET on Sunday.

-Dr. E

take it away, Stephanie:

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5 Responses to “Bobcats Score Road Win In Miami”

  1. Jason
    January 2, 2010 at 4:18 pm #

    Bullets, indeed.

  2. julius
    January 2, 2010 at 9:43 pm #

    The Cats won't finish last in the Southeast for the 6th year in a row. Small victories…

  3. Newsinz
    January 3, 2010 at 12:28 am #

    We have to aim higher than that, Julius. Especially since the Bobcats NEVER finished dead last in the Southeast divison:

    The first year of our existence, we were better than the Hawks. In our 2nd season, we were tied with the Hawks for last place. 3rd year, we were once again better than Atlanta. In our 4th year, even though Sam Vincent did his best to throw it in reverse, the Miami Heat were terrible that season, and we were better than them. Last year, it was the Wizards' turn to provide a cushion between us and the Southeast basement.

    My point is, our franchise history is dreary enough without coming up with inaccurate stats to make it seem even worse. We've never been the worst team in the league, or even our own division, and that's something I bet most franchises cannot lay claim to…for whatever that's worth.

    GO CATS!

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