The Charlotte Bobcats can breathe a sigh of relief as they head into the new year.
The Bobcats defeated the Chicago Bulls 91-81 on the road Monday afternoon to end their 18-game losing streak. Kemba Walker had 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists to lead the Bobcats in a game where they never trailed.
The Bulls known for their defense, weren’t as sharp as they are famously known for. The Bobcats guards had an easy time getting into the paint, getting to the line, getting points and kicking out to open shooters.
The Bobcats guards combined for 64 points. Former Bull Ben Gordon and Ramon Sessions both had 15 points off the bench.
Bismack Biyombo led the Bobcats with 11 rebounds while Jeff Adrien had 10 rebounds in 23 minutes off the bench. Biyombo shot eight of the Bobcats 38 free throws, but mostly due to a “Hack-A-Biyombo” strategy near the end of the game. The Bobcats were +20 in free throw attempts.
Hakim Warrick was the Bobcats player to watch after performing well in three games as a starter. Warrick though wasn’t much of a factor, going 3-10 from the field with eight points and six rebounds. Despite the poor game, Warrick’s play has seemingly fit well with the Bobcats struggling frontcourt.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist sat out today’s game with a scratched right cornea that he suffered in the loss against New Orleans. Jeffery Taylor got the start in his place, but had just five points in 25 minutes.
The Bulls shot 35% from the field, and 25% from three. It was the first time since November 14 that the Bobcats defense held a team under 90 points. On their losing streak the Bobcats did struggle a lot with closing out shooters, but the Bulls did not get as many clean looks today, and didn’t have the offensive personel to hurt the team.
Marco Belinelli was the Bulls player to watch, but went just 3-12 from the field with seven points. Luol Deng led the Bulls with 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Carlos Boozer had 19 points and 14 rebounds.
With the losing streak behind them as they enter the new year, the Bobcats can hopefully play a lot more aggressively and confidently in 2013. It’s hard to project whether a win like this can help them take a step, but it’s always great to get rid of a losing streak, especially on the road.
Their next game will be Friday when they host the Cleveland Cavaliers.