It was purely a war of attrition between the Bobcats and 76ers Saturday night at the Cable Box. Which team could keep up their prolific offensive production for the longest amount of time? Well, the answer to that question is the Charlotte Bobcats, as they were able to shoot 54% as a team and score 111 points in tonight’s game.
The game began with nice offensive start by the ‘Cats early in the first quarter, which was lead by Al Jefferson’s 14 points. Unfortunately, the ‘Cats’ defense struggled to keep the lowly 76ers’ offensive attack at bay, and thereby held only a slim two point lead at the end of the game’s opening frame.
The beginning of the second quarter began similarly to how the first ended: poor Bobcats’ defense, as the 76ers jumped out to a six point lead two minutes into the frame. Fortunately for the ‘Cats, they were able to bounce back to eventually take the lead in the second, but still trailed by three points at halftime.
The third quarter was clearly the difference for Charlotte, as they outscored the Sixers 31-19 in the opening frame of the second half. Al Jefferson and Luke Ridnour combined for 14 points in the quarter.
Finally, the ‘Cats were able to take a 16-point lead three minutes into the fourth quarter, but Philadelphia was able to keep the game interesting until the final minutes of the contest. In fact, with just under two minutes left in regulation, the Bobcats’ lead was cut to just four points. Eventually, however, Charlotte was fortunately able to edge Philly by the final score of 111-105 at the end of 48 minutes of basketball.
Grading The Starters
The ‘Cats will hit the road tomorrow to play the Hawks in Atlanta on Monday night. While Atlanta has clinched the conference’s final playoff spot, it’ll be quite a meaningful game for the Bobcats who will need to win the season’s final two contests to have a shot at the conference’s sixth seed.
Lead Hornets Writer: Jonathon Hoppe