CHARLOTTE — No heartbreaking loss this time. No complaining about a referee’s call. The Charlotte Bobcats finally made the big plays down the stretch behind their budding star.
Gerald Wallace continued his stellar season Monday night by scoring 40 points, and Matt Carroll hit two free throws with 4.6 seconds left in the Bobcats’ 119-116 win over Denver.
Wallace and the often anonymous Bobcats got some rare time in the spotlight last week after a stunning win in Boston, only to follow it up with a double-overtime loss to Cleveland and a disputed overtime loss to Detroit.
Playing another nailbiter against the Nuggets, Wallace carried the Bobcats with a barrage of high-flying dunks, driving layups and a key 3-pointer late. He added eight rebounds and five assists.
“We’re having a chance to see a superstar form right in front of our eyes,” Bobcats coach Sam Vincent said of Wallace, who is averaging 29.8 points in the past eight games. “The way he’s shooting the ball on the outside, the way he’s attacking the rim, the way he’s rebounding and blocking shots and getting steals, he’s just really becoming a very dynamic player.”
Wallace, who was two points shy of matching his career high, hit 13 of 24 shots, including a 3-pointer with 47 seconds left that put Charlotte ahead 117-112.
I listened to some of this game on Country Legends 98.3 and the Bobcats are playing better than they did last year but they have had way too many injuries. The Bobcats had no available point guards for the Detroit game. Raymond Felton, Jeff McInnis, and the 3rd pt. guard were all hurt. Felton was back for last night’s win over Denver. The color commentator for the Bobcats radio broadcast is one of your all-time favorites, “Muggsy Bouges”. The Associated Press contributed to this article.