The Bobcats (27-30) won a close one against the Grizzlies (32-24) on Saturday night 92-89 to win their forth straight game in a row and more importantly move up to the 6th seed in the Eastern conference playoff race.
The Cats had to find some help in the scoring department as Al Jefferson was held for a season low tying 6 points on 2 of 13 shooting. Its not hard to see why, when Big Al had to deal with a constant double team of Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph for most of the game. Fortunately, Kemba Walker came through in a big way and contributed 31 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists to lead the Cats to the late win.
The game was close throughout, but the Bobcats were able to break it open in the fourth quarter thanks to an 18-3 run sparked by Anthony Tolliver’s triple 3 pointers. The Cats held a 13 point lead at that point but watched it slip away as Mike Conley and Zach Randolph got hot and hit some big shots to take a one point lead with 38 seconds left. But the Cats were able to hit a few clutch last minute free throws from Walker and Josh McRoberts to regain the lead. Mike Conley missed two consecutive three pointers as time expired to cement the win for the Bobcats.
The Bobcats don’t have much time to celebrate the win, as they now look forward to the toughest four game stretch of the season. The Cats play at San Antonio on Friday, then head to Oklahoma City on Sunday and Miami on Monday, before coming home to play the East leading Indiana Pacers on Wednesday.
As it stands right now, the Bobcats are 6th in the east and trail the 5th seeded Washington Wizards by only two games. Although it will take a small miracle, it would be a huge accomplishment if the Cats can come away with at least one win in this stretch, as they continue their quest for a seed higher than the 7th to play a winnable first round series in the playoffs.