The Charlotte Bobcats got off to a hot start Saturday night, but needed two late buckets to take the game into overtime. However, once in overtime the Bobcats took control to win the game 101-97. The Bobcats shot only 15 percent from three, but managed to overcome the poor shooting to earn the win.
The main reason the Bobcats won the game was they finally controlled the boards. The ‘Cats out rebounded the Mavs 53-43 with Byron Mullens collecting 14 boards on the night.
The Bobcats shot 42 percent from the field, and were led by a 26 point performance from Kemba Walker. Ramon Sessions added 12 points off the bench, including the game tying lay-up with three seconds left.
Rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 25 huge points, and shot 8 of 12 from the field. He also added 12 rebounds giving him his first career double-double. Kidd-Gilchrist showed why the Bobcats picked him second overall, and fueled the ‘Cats offense tonight.
Bismack Biyombo struggled again tonight recording no points and only one rebound. Biyombo also had a -19 +/- rating in only 10 minutes. In comparison Kidd-Gilchrist had a +19 +/- tonight in 41 minutes.
Jeffery Taylor posted another solid game with eight points and six rebounds.
The Mavs shot 41 percent from the field, and were led by O.J. Mayo who had 22 points. The Mavs shot 47 percent from three point land and 80 percent from the line, but could never pull away from the ‘Cats.
Vince Carter dropped 19 points, and Darren Collison added 14.
It was nice to see the ‘Cats fight for 48+ minutes, and pull out a win after falling behind.
The Bobcats play the Washington Wizards Tuesday at Time Warner Cable Arena.