After 16 consecutive losses, the Charlotte Bobcats delivered Chairman Michael Jordan a birthday victory. The Bobcats defeated the Toronto Raptors 98-91 on February 17th at the Air Canada Centre.
Usually trailing at halftime, the Bobcats finished two quarters of play on top 48-46. With the lead being bounced back and forth, the Raptors were on top 69-68 heading into the fourth quarter. However, the Bobcats were able to start the quarter on an 11-2 run. The closest the Raptors would come were within two. The Bobcats were able to hold off Toronto and capture their 4th victory, first since January 14th against Golden State.
The Bobcats shot 50 percent from the field while holding Toronto to a little over 40 percent shooting. The frontcourt for the Bobcats in Bismack Biyombo played stellar defense. Blocking 7 of the Bobcats 8 blocked shots. He was able to limit Toronto in points in the paint. The backcourt of the Bobcats also did a good job distributing the ball to allow Charlotte to get easy baskets. Kemba Walker and D.J. Augustin combined for 18 assists. To go along with 18 assists, the Bobcats were able to put away 18 of 23 free throws, while the Raptors were less than 70 percent from the strip.
Rookie Bismack Biyombo was a force on the court, grabbing 13 rebounds, 8 points, and 7 blocked shots. Joining Biyombo’s stellar performance was teammate D.J. Augustin. In just his second game back from being out with a toe injury, he posted his third double-double of the season. He ended with 11 points and 10 assists, playing just 32 minutes on the night.
Five Bobcats were in double figures on the night. Corey Maggette (16), DJ White (10), Reggie Williams (22), D.J. Augustin (11), and Kemba Walker (14)
Gerald Henderson missed the game due to a hamstring injury.
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Written by Britney Roper
East Carolina University Alumni. Former division 1 volleyball player. Aspiring sports broadcaster and journalist. Loving athletics is more than a hobby, its a lifestyle. Current writer for the Charlotte Bobcats on Pro Sports Blogging.