Wednesday night was a story of two halves for the Charlotte Bobcats.
The Miami Heat went up 17 at halftime, but the Bobcats outscored the Heat by four in the second half. The Bobcats late run wasn’t enough to upset the defending NBA Champions, as the Heat defeated them 105-92. The loss extends the Bobcats losing streak to 16 games, seven games away from tying last seasons streak.
Dwyane Wade finished with 27 points, nine rebounds and five assists, hitting big shot after big shot in the fourth quarter. After trailing by 19, the Bobcats cut the lead to two after a Gerald Henderson layup and free throw with seven minutes left.
Reigning MVP LeBron James put the Heat up by five after hitting a step back three in front of Hakim Warrick. The Heat would later go back up by 10, after Shane Battier drew a charging foul on an and-one layup from Bismack Biyombo that could have brought the Bobcats back within two.
Wade and Battier quickly followed up with big shots, and the Heat never looked back. The Bobcats never led during the game.
James finished with 27 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists and four steals, and wowed the Bobcats fans with some powerful dunks early in the game.
Chris Bosh, the Heat’s player to watch, had just 14 points and three rebounds in 30 minutes. Bosh had five fouls in the game and watched from the bench as the Heat closed the Bobcats out.
Kemba Walker was the Bobcats player to watch and had another all-star performance with 27 points, six rebounds and six assists. Walker did another great job of pushing the ball in transition and weaving through lanes to get to the basket. Ramon Sessions did the same and had 19 points and five assists off the bench.
Gerald Henderson returned to the lineup tonight, and had 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists on 5-19 shooting.
Hakim Warrick got the start at power forward for Byron Mullens, who is out indefinitely with an ankle sprain. Warrick had 18 points and nine rebounds in 38 minutes, and gave the Bobcats fans some highlight reel plays on the offensive end.
It was one of the better efforts from the Bobcats this season. The Bobcats still had trouble defending the three-point line, as the Heat shot over 50% from three, but Miami didn’t dismantle them offensively as other teams have been doing during this losing streak. The defense looked better at times, and the offense picked up in the second half with good decision making, particularly in transition. Despite the effort, it was another loss where the Bobcats gave up 100 or more, and team remains last in the league in opponents PPG.
The Bobcats will be back on the road Friday in their first trip to the Barclays Center where they’ll play the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets have lost nine of their last 12 games, and point guard Deron Williams sat today with a bruised wrist. It’s unknown whether he’ll return to the lineup Friday, but his potential absence could help the Bobcats.