The Charlotte Bobcats (9-11) have been one of the best defensive teams in the league so far, holding their last 13 opponents under 100 points scoring which ties the longest steak in the NBA this year.
However, in the 105-88 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers tonight it was their offense that was on display and it was in plain sight from the opening tip.
Forward Jeffery Taylor started in place of the injured Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and seized the opportunity scoring nine of his team-leading 20 points in the first quarter. He also added a season-high eight rebounds and a blocked shot on the evening. "Anytime you can start the game hitting four or five shots without missing it feels good" Taylor said after the game, "it kind of just carried me for the rest of the night."
It seemed as if his momentum was contagious as five other Bobcats would reach double figure scoring on the night. Gerald Henderson and Kemba Walker supplied 18 points a piece and Walker added 10 assists for good measure. Al Jefferson rang up his fourth consecutive double-double of the season with 14 points and 12 boards.
Ramon Sessions (13 points) and Cody Zeller (10 points) came off the bench and kept the offense firing on all cylinders when the starters came out for a breather.
The Bobcats as a team scored a season high 62 points at the half and led the 76ers by 11 going into the third quarter. "This is not the way we normally play but I'll take it" coach Steve Clifford said, "we usually don't play this way but Philly likes to speed things up and get you out of what you like to do and we were able to turn it into a positive."
All news wasn't great as backup center Bismack Biyombo would go down with a sprained right ankle in the second quarter and not return to the ballgame. His status for Monday's home game against Golden State is unknown but he will have an MRI on Saturday to determine the severity of the injury.
Philadelphia was without their star rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams, who missed the game with soreness in his right knee. Point guard Tony Wroten filled in for Carter-Williams posting a team-high 21 points on 45 percent (10-for-22) shooting. He also added eight rebounds and nine assists in 34 minutes.