It was a hard-fought game between the Charlotte Bobcats and the Minnesota Timberwolves, but the home team ultimately prevailed for just their 11th win of the year. The Bobcats overcame a 34-22 deficit in the first quarter to the T’Wolves by finishing strong to snap a 16-game losing streak at home that was nearly historically bad (18 is the record).
Kemba Walker continues to be huge for the Bobcats, and he was the MVP in this one with 25 points, eight dimes, three steals, two blocks, and eight rebounds. The Bobcats shot 50.7% from the floor, which was the highest they shot all season. Give Ramon Sessions an abundant amount of credit for both consistency and efficiency in a 7-11 day from the floor in 34 minutes that also included a 9-10 line from the charity stripe. When Sessions is hot, he is boiling and he showed it by draining 23 points on the Wolves with four assists and three rebounds that made up for a ghastly six turnovers.
As a whole, the Bobcats turned the ball over 17 times, which was one more than the away team. They were also able to significantly outrebound the Timberwolves, but that’s mostly due to the multitude of injuries the Timberwolves frontcourt has been suffering from. Minnesota was led by veteran point guard Luke Ridnour, as he had seven rebounds, seven assists, and 25 points in an efficient night that was just about as good as the Bobcats budding, young star Walker.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was once again plagued by foul trouble, and he only managed to drop two points in just 15 minutes. Sessions and Ben Gordon really stepped up with MKG mostly on the bench, as Gordon chipped in a solid 18 points and continues to be one of the game’s best bench scorers.
Bismarck Biyombo stepped up with a 10-13 double-double, as he controlled the boards and took advantage of the injuries to the Timberwolves. Biyombo also made all four of his shots from the floor and turned back two shots on defense. Only rugged veteran big Brendan Haywood (three blocks, no points) had more blocked shots.
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