In many ways, this might have been the Bobcats' most incredible win of the season, 83-82 over the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. Late in the fourth quarter, D.J. Augustin led Charlotte with 15 points, Boris Diaw was next with 10. and no other Cat had scored in double digits. Charlotte shot 13-20 from the line. The Bobcats shot 0-13 from three while the Bulls shot 6-12 from distance.
And yet, the Cats made up that significant difference by holding the Bulls to a remarkably low 39% shooting percentage from the field, which means the home team was abysmal on two-point attempts. They also didn't hand the ball over to Chicago, turning it over only 9 times the whole game. And then they overcame a questionable officiating decision with 8.2 seconds remaining, when the refs reviewed and overturned an out-of-bounds call to give the Bulls the ball, followed by Tyrus Thomas making a monster block, and then Gerald Henderson playing perfect defense on the ensuing inbounds play to harass Derrick Rose on a deep jumper attempt at the buzzer that fell short.
It's the Cats' second win over the Bulls in a week. Savor this one, folks.
Game thread comment, lowlights, and highlights after the jump.
GAME THREAD COMMENT
Newsinz -- I try not to notice [Jackson] out there. When he gets the ball, I just close my eyes until I can no longer detect a disturbance in the force. By then, he has either passed the ball or turned it over.
-- The Bobcats' three-point-shooting futility reached ridiculous proportions. I'd like to see their attempts broken down by quarters, because it seemed like they knew the shots just weren't falling, and laid off from distance as the game went on.
-- Derrick Rose beasted his way to 33 points, albeit on 28 attempts. I suppose putting Shaun Livingston out there more often might have been an answer, but Liv played quite a bit. There might not be an answer for Rose when he's that locked in.
-- Best game of the night, regardless of team, was between Wallace, Rose, and RoF-favorite Taj Gibson, Bulls forward who only scored 9 points on 7 attempts, but also grabbed 9 boards and had 6 blocks.
-- Stephen Jackson scored 12 points on 14 attempts and was a virtual non-factor in crunch time, when Crash took over, until the final minute, when he posted-up and hit a fadeaway over Kyle Korver, then sank two free throws to take the lead.
-- Gerald Wallace owned the glass, with 16 rebounds, 5 offensive. At a glance, that 's just short of 40% of his team's boards. Scoring 13 points on 14 attempts is par for the course for Wallace this year, and he threw in 4 assists and 1 block for good measure. In crunch time, as noted above, Wallace took over after getting called for a technical when he shoved Ronnie Brewer with his foot as Brewer lay on Wallace's rolled ankle. After a timeout, the next play saw Wallace flying through the air for a putback dunk, and the ball seemed to get in his hands so he could create offense in the next few plays, too.
-- Nazr Mohammed came off the bench to pull down 8 rebounds, 4 offensive, in only 18 minutes.
-- The Bobcats' team defense deserves more recognition. Sure, the Bulls' threes were falling, but they crushed them inside the arc. All around, a satisfying performance on D.