Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kemba Walker; the Queen City loves you. The Charlotte Bobcats used their past two high profile draft picks to beat the Dallas Mavericks for the first time in franchise history.
Kidd-Gilchrist had his best game of the young season, with 25 points on 12 shots, 12 rebounds (including five offensive boards), two blocks and one steal. That is a great stat line.
Walker’s, though, was even better.
26 points on 10-22 shooting, seven assists, six rebounds, and eight (yes, eight) steals.
Despite another terrifyingly putrid performance from behind the arc, Byron Mullens was an important piece of the puzzle tonight, grabbing 14 rebounds and scoring some clutch buckets down low as time whittled off the clock.
Ramon Sessions scored 12 points and Ben Gordon dropped in 11, but offensively all eyes were on Walker and MKG.
Charlotte’s other rookie, Jeffrey Taylor, had a nice game. He did only score eight points on ten shots, but he played good defense, especially as time expired against Vince Carter, and also chipped in two blocks, two steals and six rebounds.
As a team, the Bobcats played a solid game.
They held the Mavericks to 40 percent shooting, out-rebounded them 53-43, and won the turnover battle 17-19.
Charlotte is off until Tuesday, when they have a shot to get back to .500 against the Washington Wizards, who sit at 0-5 right now.