For the first time in a long time, we saw the Bobcats storming up and down the court, pushing the pace, and for at least one night, it worked, as they defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves, 113-110. It was Charlotte's first home win of the season, bringing them to 4-7 on the season.
The Cats are a better-coached team than the Timberwolves, and they have the best player on either team in Gerald Wallace, but as demonstrated by tonight's game, these teams are relatively close in total talent, even if perception hasn't quite caught up to either squad.
The Cats suffered a letdown in the fourth quarter, and that was enough for the Wolves to pull ahead until a last-minute comeback averted disaster for the home team. In the interminable final minute, Stephen Jackson made sweet love to pressure, hitting an open three pointer to spark the Cats' final run, poked the ball loose so D.J. Augustin could scoop it up and sprint for a go-ahead layup, and then combined with Tyrus Thomas and Wallace for another steal to seemingly ice the game with 20 seconds remaining.
It was a satisfying win -- I'm feeling that unique satisfaction one gets when he makes a last-second, desperate attempt to redeem himself after screwing around for a while.
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