The Charlotte Bobcats are winners once again.
It feels weird to write that, but in a very, very, very joyful way.
Before we get into the heart of the matter, it’s best to thank the heavens for Gerald Henderson’s performance tonight.
Hendo went off for a career best 35 points, and all 35 of them were needed, despite the lopsided final score.
Just three Bobcats scored more than 10 points (Kemba Walker scored exactly 10), and two starters didn’t even crack double-digits.
Henderson made up for his teammates offensive deficiencies, though, hitting 11 of his 19 shots, and all 12 of his free-throws. He also went one-of-two from three-point range, which is an impressively low number of long-balls for such a high scoring night.
Charlotte’s other high-scorer was Ben Gordon, who dropped 17 points on 13 shots off the bench.
The Bobcats made their living at the free-throw line, shooting 24-of-30 from the charity-stripe, compared to the Celtics’ 16-of-25.
The ‘Cats also turned the ball over just 10 times, and obliterated the Celtics on the glass to the tune of 48 rebounds to 29.
Josh McRoberts, who started for Charlotte, grabbed 10 boards, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist nabbed eight, and Jeff Adrien cleaned seven rebounds off the glass as a reserve. All in all, five Bobcats grabbed five or more rebounds.
The ‘Cats out-shot Boston from the floor, the free-throw line and from deep, out-rebounded, out-assisted and held on to the ball better than the Celtics, and, in the end, won the game going away 100-74.
So live it up Bobcats fans.
Your team is a winner once more.