It was an easy win for the Bobcats last night in Auburn Hills as they once again road the coattails of Al Jefferson’s latest 30 point outing to beat the Detroit Pistons 108-96.
Jefferson; who put up a monster stat line of 32 pts, 12 reb, 7 ast and 1 st, was unstoppable at time last night. The Pistons just didn’t have an answer for him, even with their stacked front court of young big’s Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe. Their was even a point in the third quarter where the Pistons had Jefferson doubled with Drummond and Monroe but Big Al just threw up a quick baby hook that drew nothing but net. As the camera panned away you could see the frustration on Drummond’s face; they were literally throwing everything that had at stopping Big Al and nothing worked.
Charlotte really had the game won from the start of the first quarter. The Bobcats made their first seven shots and took an early 10 point lead that put the Pistons in hole they were never able to dig out of. The Cats also shot very well from three point range last night, shooting 42% by hitting 7-17, and got most of their perimeter points from Josh McRoberts and a rejuvenated Kemba Walker who had his best game since returning from a sprained ankle. Walker added 22 points on 8-16 from the field and 3 of 7 from deep.
The Pistons simply couldn’t hit many shots last night and the Cats defense had a lot to do with that. Even with the Pistons big three of Drummond, Monroe and Josh Smith all scoring double doubles they simple couldn’t hit from deep and struggled to find easy shots from mid range.
It was a big win for the Cats as the chase for a playoff berth heats up. The Pistons (22-31) are only a game or two behind the eighth seeded Bobcats(24-30) and are desperate to make the playoffs after spending a lot of money in the offseason to bring in Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith. It’s really a no win situation for the Pistons, as they can’t justify tanking for the draft because of their offseason spending spree but have not be able to win because of a lack of chemistry and defense.
The Cats won’t have to long to soak in the win, as they travel back to Charlotte to take on the Pistons for their third and final match up of the season tonight at 7:00.