Charlotte, NC - The Charlotte Bobcats were able to pick up their first win of the season against the Cleveland Cavaliers this evening to improve to 1-1. Cleveland was never able to find the rhythm that they showed in their season opener, and fell to 1-1 with the loss. Charlotte’s home crowd was very excited and their team is certainly showing that they will not be a pushover this season.
C.J. Miles came off the bench this evening to lead the Cavaliers in scoring with 22 points on 9-16 shooting. Miles is expected to be a major key all year off the bench for the Cavs. Tristan Thompson had a very solid night for the second game in a row, scoring 21 points and recording a double-double by grabbing 11 rebounds. Kyrie Irving struggled once again this evening with 16 points on just 7-17 shooting, but did dish out seven assists in the losing effort. Jarrett Jack was the only double digit scorer for the Cavaliers with 15 points.
Kemba Walker powered the Bobcats to the win tonight with 23 points on 8-14 shooting. He has a much improved offensive game this year and is going to put up big numbers all year long. Walker also grabbed four rebounds and handed out seven assists in the win for Charlotte. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist put together a very nice game as well, scoring 15 points and grabbing six rebounds as well. He’s a guy to watch this season for the Bobcats as he continues to try to prove that the Bobcats made a good move by drafting him with the second overall pick in last years NBA Draft. Bismack Biyombo (11) and Gerald Henderson (10) were the only other two double figure scorers for the Bobcats, while Biyombo rounded out a double-double with 10 rebounds.
The Bobcats are going to be a very interesting team to watch this season as they continue to improve. They have had a rough past few seasons, but they are growing and becoming more experience and also have made some good acquisitions. Michael Jordan won’t be the owner of a dismal team for too much longer, if any longer. The Cavaliers looked very inconsistent this evening. There are a few holes that they need to fill to reach their full potential, but they are still going to be tough to beat every night.