The Bobcats were down by 16 points in the third quarter, and then went on a run to get back into the game, making it a nail-biter all through crunch time. Just before the buzzer at the end of regulation, Stephen Jackson banked in a 25-foot three to send the game to overtime. In the extra period, Gerald Henderson made a monster dunk, followed by a monster block, then a D.J. Augustin jumper in transition, and then yet another forced turnover that resulted in fast break points, pretty much ending the Dubs' chances. Jackson rained in a couple more threes, Golden State managed to hit a couple desperate shots, but it was too much to overcome and the Cats had themselves a 121-113 win.
Free throw shooting nearly cost Charlotte the game; the Cats shot only 19-31, 61% from the line, with Jackson and Kwame Brown combining to go 3-11. And then Stephen Curry went nuts in the fourth quarter, hitting jumper after jumper to end up with 27 points. Crazy enough -- and I don't have the play by play data to back this up -- it appeared Curry went cold from the first quarter until the fourth when Augustin was guarding him, and then he started making shots when Shaun Livingston was in the game.
Speaking of Augustin, despite his 5 turnovers, he was probably the Cats' best player, with 27 points on 13 attempts, and 12 assists. Early on, it was Jax, partly for his scoring (he ended up with 31 points on 24 attempts), and mostly for his defense on Monta Ellis, who completely wet the bed with 6-24 shooting for 21 points. Nazr Mohammed deserves mention for scoring 13 points on 7 attempts, and pulling down 6 boards, in only 17 minutes. And finally, it should be noted that Kwame Brown went a stretch in the fourth absolutely beasting in the paint (granted, this is the Warriors' weak D), ending up with 12 points on 9 attempts.
I didn't expect the Bobcats to be this successful through the first three games of the road trip. Three wins. Blake Griffin looms. I can't wait.