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Recap: Bobcats 94 Wizards 92 – Felton finds a way

Posted by Sup on February 10, 2010

Boxscore Recap

There were very few moments in the game last night when the Bobcats looked like the team that ripped off a long winning streak at home. But one of them was the last offensive possession of the game, and it was enough.

Raymond Felton twisted, turned and made a fallaway 12 foot jumper to give the Bobcats a 94-92 win over a confident Wizards team that had just beaten division heavyweight Orlando in Florida on Friday. Felton is still playing on a bad ankle, which required him to be in a walking boot on Monday, and probably has contributed to the weakened perimeter defense over the last couple of weeks. But his biggest shot of the season helped him overcome the pain.

The Bobcats were not victimized by a point guard this night. Randy Foye and former Bobcat Earl Boykins (had a cup of coffee with them during the Sam Vincent “error”) were relatively ineffective. This time, it was a collection of wing players that almost did them in, led by Caron Butler finding his range in the second half (23 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists). Mike Miller also did damage, scoring 19 points and making all three of his three point attempts. The ‘Cats were able to overcome this with their own wing duo of Stephen Jackson (22 points, 5 rebounds but 5 turnovers) and Gerald Wallace (17 points, 13 rebounds and another lurking-from-behind block of a fast break layup in 48 complete game minutes). Add into the mix an offensively active Boris Diaw (16 points) and superb bench play from Flip Murray (16 points), and you set the stage for Felton’s game winner.

With the score tied, Antawn Jamison missed a scoop shot in the lane, and the Bobcats came upcourt without calling a timeout. Felton was isolated on Foye, drove him right into the lane, then crossed it to fire up the fadeaway. It dropped through with 1.9 seconds to go in the game, leaving the Wizards to get one more scoop shot from Jamison that came up short.

Nazr Mohammed was not as successful offensively as he had been recently, but chipped in with 10 rebounds. The “big” story in the paint was the relatively successful return of Tyson Chandler to the lineup. Seven minutes of game action resulted in 5 points (two on a nice alley oop slam) and four rebounds. This doesn’t absolve him from being a part of John Hollinger’s biggest disappointments of the season (Link for ESPN Insiders), but it’s better than sitting on the bench in a suit.

Murray was excellent as a shotmaker off the bench, going 6-10. His best move of the night was on a crossover that buckled Foye’s knees and drew a foul, though he was only able to convert 1-2 free throws.  Three point shooting was not much of a resource for the Bobcats last night, only going 4-16. But they were able to limit Washington to 6-18 from three and only 43% shooting overall.

It was a home win against a marginal team. But it was a necessary win to stop the three game skid before they headed back out to Minneapolis to meet another bad team in the Timberwolves. Here’s a chance to sweeten up the road record…are the Wolves missing anybody? No? Well, we have a chance.

‘Cat of the Night – Gotta love Wallace’s stat stuffing night. 17 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal and 2 blocks.

Stat of the Night – 7 minutes, Chandler’s playing time. He CAN help. I think.

Notable Notables

  • Michael Jordan and Bob Johnson were both on hand last night in front of a sparse crowd.
  • The Wizards likely spent the night here last night because of Snowpocalypse II in D.C. This would be the second time in 4 days their travel plans are screwed up by the snowfall.

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