Kemba Walker scored 28 points on 12-of-25 shooting (2-of-6 from three), dished out seven assists, grabbed five rebounds and swiped three steals. The Charlotte Bobcats still lost in heartbreaking fashion to the Lakers.
Before I move on to other positives for the Bobcats, I have to get this out of the way before I explode.
Bryon Mullens had a horrible game.
He had 17 rebounds and four blocks, but he also scored just 13 points on FIVE-OF-19 SHOOTING.
He took more shots than he had rebounds, and converted on just 26 percent of said shots.
Not surprisingly, he did most of his damage to the Bobcats from deep missing five of his eight three pointers.
The biggest mystery in professional sports is why Mike Dunlap allows Mullens to keep this fantasy alive in his mind that he is Ray Allen reincarnate. Someone has to tell the poor kid that Allen is still playing basketball and not close to being dead yet.
Mullens rant over; Recap resumed:
Charlotte’s other point guard, Ramon Sessions also had a solid game, scoring 20 points on better than 50 percent shooting to go along with six assists and four rebounds.
Sticking with the back court theme, Gerald Henderson also put together a decent game. He scored 19 points on 16 shots and grabbed nine rebounds. He also had the dunk of the night in the NBA.
Other Bobcats that played well included Bismack Biyombo (eight points, 11 boards, two clutch free-throws near the end of the game) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (+/- of +22, and he, somehow, only played 24 minutes).
The Winning team got an All Star performance from Kobe Bryant, who scored 30 points on 24 shots to go along with six rebounds and seven assists. Metta World Peace also played exceptionally well, scoring 17 points (on 18 shots…), grabbing seven boards and swiping four steals (almost all of them off of Byron Mullens). Jodie Meeks also scored 17 points. He did most of his damage from behind the arc, where he went five-of-12 three-pointers.
The Bobcats gave up (again) too many open threes, but that’s not where the lost the game.
It was lost on the free-throw line. The team went 14-22 from the line. Those eight misses included two straight from Walker late in the game, and four from Biyombo.
Charlotte’s losing streak is now at 12 games, and it’ll have to shake this emotional loss off quickly if it wants to get back into the win column; The Bobcats play the Suns in Phoenix Thursday night.