With the Charlotte Bobcats cruising in the second quarter it appeared the 17-game losing streak was about to come to an end. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was getting the best out of the battle between him and former Kentucky teammate Anthony Davis. Charlotte was pushing the ball at will and getting to the bucket with no troubles. But it would be all for nothing as the Hornets came out in the third quarter with a sense of urgency that carried them to a 98-95 victory.
Throughout this 18-game losing streak the Bobcats have took their fair share of beatings, but in the games where they have a chance they seem to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Against Portland they blew an 18-point lead in an overtime loss. Two days later, a slew of turnovers in crunch time allowed J.R. Smith the opportunity to hit a walk-off jumper, which he did. The painful losses in which the team held a significant lead would not end there. In Los Angeles, the Lakers overcame an 18-point third quarter deficit to win 101-100. And then there was tonight. A 21-point lead blown at home against a team who came in with one less win and one more loss than our beloved Bobcats.
Frustrated? I think so.
It's quite apparent that the 'Cats' 7-5 start was fools gold, but it's surprising to see this team struggle so much to close games after how well they did it in their wins. One of the biggest reasons the Bobcats are on an 18-game skid is their inability to defend the 3-point line. The Hornets took advantage of this weakness in the second half as they hit nine treys. Charlotte made Roger Mason Jr. relevant again for one night. Mason Jr. hit four triples in the second half with three of them coming in the third quarter.
Bobcats squander 21-point lead to lose 18th straight
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