A player strangely resembling Bismack Biyombo showed up to Time Warner Cable in a Charlotte Bobcats uniform against the Milwaukee Bucks Saturday. His play helped anchor the Charlotte Bobcats to their 19th victory of the season, defeating the Bucks 95-85.
Biyombo had 13 points, 17 rebounds and two blocks, as the Bobcats sent the Bucks to their ninth-straight road loss. Biyombo, who statistically has struggled most of the season in one of the league’s worst frontcourts, had one of his best games as a Bobcat against Milwaukee. It was a game that showed the total package of what Biyombo could become in the future with more polish and consistency.
Josh McRoberts flirted with a triple-double, with 18 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. McRoberts has been one of the most consistent players on the Bobcats since being acquired from the Orlando Magic. Against the undersized Bucks, the Bobcats were +16 in rebounding, finishing with 52 total boards for the game. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added eight rebounds of his own in just 30 minutes. Kemba Walker led the Bobcats with 21 points.
The Bobcats win was a great redemption game after the Bucks dropped 131 points on them a few weeks ago. The Bobcats haven’t had many games where they’ve tightened up defensively, got great overall play from their frontcourt and seem Biyombo look like a major presence at center. After the Bucks shot 52% from three against Atlanta Friday, they were just 9-29 from three Saturday. The Bucks shot 39% from the field overall. They were without their second leading scorer Brandon Jennings, who again sat with an Achilles injury. Mike Dunleavy led Milwaukee with 19 points, while Monta Ellis had 16 points.
Monday, the Bobcats will be back at Time Warner Cable Arena to host the New York Knicks. The Knicks could be looking to sit some of their starters as they get ready for the playoffs. The Bobcats last two games will be at home, as they end the 2013 regular season.