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Recap: Bobcats 104 Miami Heat 65 – Mission Accomplished

Posted by Sup on January 21, 2010

Boxscore Recap

The talk on the radio was all about how this was a statement game for the Bobcats. The wins over San Antonio (92-76), Phoenix (125-99), and Sacramento (105-103) were nice, but they were all against Western Conference teams (nevermind two of those teams are in the top half of the conference) that were subject to the ravages of jet lag, or the effects of back to back games. This would be big, not only because Miami came in rested and ready, but they were the team directly ahead of the Bobcats in the conference standings, a division opponent. This was the chance for the Bobcats to fall on their face.

Time to move on the the next challenge.

For the third game in a row, the Bobcats blitzed the opposition in the first quarter. An 18-2 run crushed Miami after they went ahead 4-2. Dwyane Wade was not a factor. Nazr Mohammed was. He was in double figures by the 5 minute mark of the quarter, and completely controlled the inside until he hit the bench with his second foul. Even that didn’t stop the Bobcats from demolishing the Heat offensively and defensively. By the end of the first quarter mauling, the Bobcats had shot 82% from the field and held 38-17 lead.

It didn’t get any better for the Heat. The most they scored in a quarter was 19, and capped it off with an awful 12 point fourth. The Bobcat defense smothered every Heat opportunity. They switched screen and roll effectively, rotated to three point shooters better than ever, and completely took Michael “If we stay together and stay focused, it should be an easy win” Beasley out of it (3-11, 6 points, 2 rebounds).

Folks, this was a demolition. Player of the Week Stephen Jackson (7/10, 24 points, 4 assists), All Star dunker Gerald Wallace (5/11, 20 points, 10 boards, 5 blocks again), Mohammed (16 points, 10 boards), and Raymond Felton (14 points, 5 assists, 2 TOs) handled all the offensive duties. Even Boris Diaw continued his much more active look, though he only was able to muster 9 points.

You could not have hoped for a better game to build confidence before heading down I-85 to face the Hawks on Friday.  Well, there were the turnovers (20, with 12 coming by the midway point of the second). And Larry Brown was his typical dour self in the postgame, pointing out the third quarter opened with the Heat running out on an 11-3 run. Of course that run cut it to a 19 point defecit, so even then it wasn’t much of a threat.

‘Cat of the Night – Nazr Mohammed. His game early set the tone as the Bobcats were established on the inside before starting to hit jumpers. His 10 boards were a season high.

Stat of the Night – 39 , 41, and 65. The 39 point margin victory was the largest in team history for the Bobcats. The short lived 41 point lead was the largest lead in team history. And the 65 points were the fewest points ever given up by the franchise.

Notable Notables

  • You’ve heard it ad nauseum but: the ‘Cats have the longest active winning streak in the NBA (6) and more home wins than any team in the league (18).
  • Doesn’t look like Gerald’s ankle gave him any problems tonight. I was afraid it was time for the season damaging injury I mentioned in the first post.
  • In the last three games, Charlotte has outscored its opponents 113-62 in the first period. Remember when slow starts were dooming this team? Oh yeah….it wasn’t that long ago, and mostly on the road.

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