Amir Johnson had a career-high 21 rebounds and Rudy Gay had 28 points, as the Toronto Raptors cruised to a 92-78 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats. The Raptors moved to 7 1/2 games of the Milwaukee Bucks for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, though the team’s chances of making the postseason remain slim.
Gerald Henderson led the Bobcats for the second straight night with 22 points and seven rebounds. Kemba Walker added 20 points for the Bobcats, who shot 32% from the field and 27% from three. Both Walker and Henderson played over 40 minutes for a tight Bobcats rotation.
The Bobcats ended their 10-game losing streak against the Boston Celtics Tuesday, but failed to win consecutive games for the first time since November 19 and 21. The Bobcats will see the Celtics again tomorrow, but this time will head to Boston for the final regular season meeting between the two.
Josh McRoberts started his third straight game for the Bobcats and stuffed the statsheet. McRoberts had 10 points, nine rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks. McRoberts continues to provide the Bobcats with energy and activity in the starting lineup, after being acquired at the trade deadline from the Orlando Magic.
For a team like the Bobcats who has trouble winning in general, winning on the road is a lot more to ask for. The Bobcats lead the NBA in road losses with 27 and just don’t have the chemistry and discipline of a team that can grind out those tough road victories. The Raptors, while not a great team, had 16 of their 25 wins at home going into tonight’s game.
The Bobcats won’t have much time to dwell on tonight’s loss, as they’ll play tomorrow night against Boston, in what should be one of the more interesting games the Bobcats will play this season. The Celtics have dropped two games to the Bobcats this season, and you can be sure the Celtics will be looking to play up to them at home and make a statement. With Tuesday’s victory still being fresh, the Bobcats should have more confidence than usual to take the season series against the Celtics.