The Bobcats were ugly early on in the game, with Stephen Jackson getting a technical within the first three minutes. It looked to be one of those games, especially with such a small roster to work with.
However, D.J. Augustin was on tonight. He drove the offense right through the Kings defense all night as Beno Udrih was unable to slow him down in the least.
As the offense began to find its wheels, the defense had managed to keep the Kings within reach. Stephen Jackson returned and contained himself. Meanwhile, Kwame Brown was frustrating everyone with lots of chances to score but couldn't sink a decent percentage of free throws to capitalize. The Bobcats defense forced the Kings into 9 first-half turnovers to help lead the Bobcats into an eight-point lead.
In the second half, the Bobcats continued to force an already sloppy Kings offense into turning the ball over and the offense found its groove. Stephen Jackson was efficient and was able to get to the charity stripe.
My feed went out in the fourth, so the only analysis I can make is based on the box score. Gerald Henderson impressed and Livingston came alive (note to self: photoshop a Shaun Livingston x Frampton Comes Alive! album). The defense tightened up and the Bobcats ran away with it.
Tids & Bits, Box Score Heroes, and Comment of the Night after the jump.
Tids & Bits
- D.J. Augustin was just awesome tonight, especially in transition. He finished at the rim and had his shot falling. Just a great performance.
- I can't say this enough: perhaps the most impressive thing about the transition from Larry Brown to Paul Silas is the dramatic decrease in turnovers. I don't have the stats on-hand, but I think it's more than evident (if that's possible).
- I don't hate Diaw, as I think he has decent value and is pretty talented. But he was just awful on offense tonight and was merely decent on defense. Can we get Oakley to start working on him more than Kwame? Ouch. That hurt - and I'm the one who wrote it!
- MJ? No. Just no.
Box Score Heroes (in no particular order)
Stephen Jackson: 11-19 FG, 8-10 FT, 5 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL, 2 TO, 30 PTS
D.J. Augustin: 9-11 FG, 1-2 3P, 4-5 FT, 3 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL, 2 TO, 23 PTS
Gerald Henderson: 8-17 FG, 5-6 FT, 4 REB, 1 AST, 2 BLK, 1 TO, 21 PTS
Comment of the Night