Greg Monroe scored ten of his 19 points in the fourth quarter as the Detroit Pistons held on to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 105-99. Brandon Knight and Jose Calderon combined for 35 points, while Rodney Stuckey had 12 off the bench.
Knight left the game in the third quarter after hyperextending his knee. The loss deprived the Bobcats of their first back-to-back wins since November. Monroe and Calderon combined to score the last 15 points for the Pistons. Calderon went perfect from three on four attempts to continue his red hot shooting as a member of the Pistons.
Kemba Walker led the Bobcats with 24 points for the second straight night and Ramon Sessions has 18. The Bobcats shot 44% from three but just 40% from the field.
Byron Mullens scored in double figure for the eight time in a row, but had just 15 points and six rebounds tonight to once again lead Charlotte’s bigs in scoring.
Amid trade speculation, Ben Gordon played just 11 minutes off the bench. Gordon shot 2-7 from the field. Gerald Henderson had 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists in what could be his last game as a Charlotte Bobcat. Tyrus Thomas, who’s also been mentioned in trade rumors was inactive for the fourth straight game.
Usually I find that in games like this that are right before the deadline, fans are a lot more concerned with how many minutes certain players are playing to determine whether they’ll be dealt or not. It seems it’s more interesting than the result of the game. The Bobcats have been rumored to be an active team at the deadline, but their plan of attack is unknown. A lot of different names have been tossed around, and the Bobcats need for more help upfront has been widely speculated.
As for the game, you have to give credit to the Pistons. This team has been playing a lot better lately with the addition of Jose Calderon. Calderon’s ability to control tempo and make open shots has really given them a solid veteran to help push this younger team. The Bobcats have played a lot better lately with their own spark in Byron Mullens, but just didn’t have enough to pull out a win tonight.
It will be interesting to see how this team looks tomorrow, if indeed any changes are made. If there are the Bobcats will be a little shorthanded for their next game against the Bulls Friday in Charlotte.