The Bobcats jumped out to a 13 point lead by the end of the first quarter against the Timberwolves tonight. They would need every one of those points to hold off Minnesota in the end, as Charlotte only scored 13 points in the fourth quarter, but still came away with a 93-92 win.
Raymond Felton sat out with a bum ankle, leaving D.J. Augustin to play most of those minutes in his stead, and Gerald Wallace had one of his worst shooting nights of the season, but others stepped up to replace that lost production. The story of the game: just enough.
The only guy who went well above and beyond "just enough" was Nazr Mohammed. More details after the jump.GAME THREAD COMMENTS
WhatAboutBob_cats -- I see VANILLA ICE at other arenas doing the halftime shows, and not at the Cable Box? Come on.
dudemanhey -- Its official. I’m buying a Mohammed jersey!
-- Gerald Wallace shot 1-9 from the field and ended up with only 5 points. It's a testament to his awesomeness, though, that he still made positive contributions, with 9 rebounds.
-- 12-18 from the free throw line is pretty bad. Good thing the Timberwolves shot 5-9.
-- Nazr Mohammed scored 21 points on 14 shots, including a dunk with 5.3 seconds remaining that put the Cats on top for good. He also pulled down 20 rebounds, continuing an improbably beastly streak of great play this season. Most importantly, he logged 40 minutes, allowing Tyson Chandler to continue easing his way back into the lineup.
-- Stephen Jackson poured in 33 points on 21 shots. Going 4-6 from three will usually go a long way to opening up the paint for the bigs.
-- Boris Diaw got 3 blocks!
-- If Felton is out for an extended period, the Bobcats won't trade Augustin. He's perfectly capable of running the offense, and you take what he brings on that end of the floor and live with the defense, because he's probably a better option than running Flip out there at nominal point and having him share point duties with Jax and Diaw. That's not to say trading him is the wrong move, but that I think it's been made abundantly clear over the past year and a half that Augustin can play guard in this league -- even if it's not exactly the style Larry Brown wants.