The Charlotte Bobcats are starting to develop a rhythm at home as the regular season winds down. The Bobcats defeated the Philadelphia Sixers 88-83 Wednesday behind Gerald Henderson’s 24 points. Charlotte has now won five of their last six games at home and ended the Sixers three-game win streak. The Bobcats avoided the season sweep of the Sixers, whose playoff chances for the last spot in the Eastern Conference continued to fade. Henderson had a big steal for the Bobcats down the stretch that sealed the victory for Charlotte. Henderson scored the Bobcats last four points.
Josh McRoberts had 12 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists in 43 minutes for Charlotte. McRoberts, who was acquired by the Bobcats from Orlando at the NBA’s trade deadline, is averaging 9.7 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.2 steals in his last 10 games. McRoberts continues to give the Bobcats starting lineup a much needed effort and energy level. McRoberts is making a strong case for the Bobcats to consider bringing him back in the offseason.
Swapping Hakim Warrick for McRoberts was considered by most to rightfully be a non-impact move. However, McRoberts has slid into the Bobcats lineup and done a tremendous job. McRoberts glass-crashing was contagious in this game, as Bismack Biyombo also reached double-digits in rebounds, with 11 of his own and three blocks.
Kemba Walker had 17 points, 10 assists, 5 steals and 5 rebounds. Walker and Henderson continue to give the Bobcats a welcome 1-2 punch in the backcourt with their play since the all-star break. Walker again matched up with Sixers point guard Jrue Holiday, who had one of his worst outings of the season. Holiday finished 2-24 and missed a big shot late in the game. Holiday had five points, which was his second lowest scoring total of the season. Damien Wilkins led the Sixers with 20 points, while Evan Turner had 14.
Jeffrey Taylor sat out tonight’s game with a sore plantar fascia in his right foot. The Bobcats second round pick has played in 71 games for the team this season and started 29. Ramon Sessions and Byron Mullens were both once again out with their respective injuries. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist returned to the Bobcats starting lineup after missing Monday’s game with a family matter. Kidd-Gilchrist had 4 points and 7 rebounds in 17 minutes.
The Sixers shot 35% from the field and 25% from three. Their offense continues to be a struggle for the team as they search for where points are going to come from every night. While the Bobcats have struggled scoring most of the season as well, they’ve been consistently getting production from Henderson and Walker, as well as their bench guards recently. The Sixers offensive woes were a fresh sight for the Bobcats, coming off the heels of giving up 131 points to the Milwaukee Bucks Monday.
Charlotte will have another chance to continue their winning ways at home, when they host the Miami Heat Friday. It’s unclear whether LeBron James and Dwyane Wade will be playing that game, as the Heat look to rest their key players approaching the postseason. The Bobcats played the Heat close a few times this season and have given them some fun games recently. The hope is that Miami plays their full team and gives the Bobcats a challenging, entertaining game to play in front of Bobcats fans.