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Bobcats defeat Nets 91-84; Diaw gets career-high 16 rebounds

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The Bobcats weathered a poor shooting night to top the New Jersey Nets 91-84, in overtime. They were led by Boris Diaw's 11 points and 16 rebounds.

The Nets scored 31 points in the fourth quarter, tying the game on Travis Outlaw's free throws with 9.2 seconds remaining, sending the game to overtime. In the sloppy extra period, the Cats went up three on a sweet outlet pass from D.J. Augustin to Gerald Wallace that resulted in a fast break basket. That was followed by Tyrus Thomas playing tough defense on Outlaw, forcing a shot that hit the side of the backboard and out of bounds. On the ensuing possession, Thomas hit a jumper to put the Cats up five, and the Nets couldn't get off the mat.

Game thread comment, lowlights, and highlights after the jump.

GAME THREAD COMMENT

Ourdaywillcome -- This just in... Team doctors report that Derrick Brown will be out indefinitely. They have diagnosed him with the incurable Coachitis. The disease has to run its natural course which varies anywhere from 3 days to 4 complete seasons.

BAD

-- This Dominic McGuire nonsense is getting ridiculous. Like Stephen Graham before him, I don't doubt that he's a good person who works hard and follows direction well, but the guy simply doesn't produce as much on the court as multiple other players on the roster, yet he's getting minutes. Let's examine his shooting this season: 0-5, 0-0, 1-2, 0-0, 5-6, 0-8, and 1-7 tonight, in 20 minutes. One of these things is not like the others. Given that reputation, current scouting reports, and stats all say that, at absolute best, McGuire is even with Tyrus Thomas on defense (though he's probably not as good as TT), and Tyrus is playing the best offense of his career right now (but even his career norms would be vastly superior to McGuire's offense), how does Larry Brown justify giving only 21 minutes to Thomas? It's silly enough that I don't think Brown deserves to be left unchallenged on this issue.

-- Oh, and Derrick Brown got a big fat DNP-CD.

-- The Cats shot 31-86 from the field and 22-32 from the free throw line. That's mitigated by shooting 7-15 from three, but that kind of poor shooting won't win most nights.

-- Charlotte turned it over 20+ times again. From the component stats, and before looking at the Nets' lines, it's a wonder the Cats won. In fact, if the Nets hadn't rebounded so freakishly poorly, especially in the first half, and shot only 5-25 from three, this would have been a much closer game.

GOOD

-- Three players ended up in double figure rebounding for the Cats, and all had a double-double: Diaw, Nazr Mohammed, and Wallace. Diaw grabbed rebound after rebound in the first half, and probably had his best game of the season. On a night when the Nets weren't rebounding anything, it was great to see Diaw actually soaking up those boards. Reiterating: 11 points, 16 rebounds. Throw in 8 assists, for good measure.

-- Mohammed played well enough to log crunch time minutes and ended with 14 points and 11 rebounds. In addition, he helped hold Brook Lopez to a mediocre 13 points and 2 rebounds.

-- Wallace shot terribly (5-14), but his ability to grab 13 rebounds and swat 5 blocks even while shooting poorly is what makes him a star.

-- Stephen Jackson returned from suspension and shot only 5-13 from the field, but he made up for that with 12-13 shooting from the line, to finish with 25 points to go with 6 assists.