It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Really, it was a season of Bobcats basketball. For most squads, a 21-61 record signifies failure. While this season wasn't a success by any measure, it marks something different: progress.
The Bobcats flustered the Cavaliers early, opening up the first quarter by taking a 34-16 lead behind a 72.2 percent shooting clip and 10 points from Josh McRoberts, who was one free throw shy from completing a perfect game. He ended the night with 20 points, shooting 6-for-6 from the field including three treys, while adding eight rebounds.
Dribbling savant and first-time All-Star Kyrie Irving started the game on a bit of an average note, which for him is closer to appalling than average. He wouldn't allow the Bobcats to catch too much of a break, though. After Tyrus Thomas hooked Jeff Taylor up with an alley-oop and Charlotte's lead extended to 24, Cleveland's hero checked back into the game. Irving had his hands on every Cleveland basket from that point up until the end of the first half, either by scoring himself or picking up a dime. That went on for over seven minutes, by the way. Suffice it to say that Kyrie is pretty good at basketball. Irving finished the game with 24 points and 10 assists while the Cavs went on a 25-7 run with him on the floor, ending the half down just 53-47.
For the rest of the game, the Bobcats played the Cavs to a standstill but as we all know, only one team can come out victorious. Despite the heroic efforts of Dion Waiters, who finished the game with 16 points off the bench, the Cavs just couldn't manage to hold on to a lead. Luckily, the Bobcats had a hero of their own. When things were looking down for the Cats, he nailed a three to tip the scales back in their favor on two separate occasions in the fourth quarter. He finished with 24 points and 7 assists. Bismack Biyombo also had a nice game, finishing with eight points, four rebounds and three blocks.
Well, it wasn't the prettiest season, but it wasn't the worst. Seriously, it wasn't. The Magic lost tonight, taking sole possession over the worst seed in the league. What do fans have to look forward to this summer? A few budding stars, a likely top-3 lottery pick and loads of cap space.
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