I have a story to tell.
I blog about Michigan State basketball, and their loss was so bad against Michigan last weekend that I made a recap like this. After that game, I sincerely believed that I wouldn't watch another basketball game that frustrating for a long, long time.
I was wrong. This game felt like the Michigan State-Michigan game.
After the first quarter, the game didn't seem like it would be a blowout. I mean, it was still horribly funny (Josh McRoberts crossovers and Nene Eurosteps-type funny), but at 27-24 at least it was entertaining. Both Martell Webster and Kemba Walker came out of the gates hot, firing back and forth.
Here's Nene's Eurostep (provided by NBA Stats).
Then came the second quarter, the Wizards blew the game open, outscoring Charlotte 32-18. Nene went off, dropping 10 in the quarter. That's when things started to get rough, and it really didn't get much better from there.
In the first half, almost every Wizards' player that stepped on the floor played really well (especially Nene and Webster, who had 30 points combined). On the other side, the only Bobcats players to play well were Gerald Henderson and Kemba Walker, who had 31 points combined. Once again, the Charlotte frontcourt was dominated the whole time.
In the third quarter, the Bobcats didn't play any worse than the Wizards, but they didn't really make the game closer at all, making it (still) hard to watch. At one point in the third quarter, the game was 71-49. Yes, the Bobcats were down by TWENTY-TWO.
In the fourth and final quarter, the Bobcats made a "run", cutting the lead to nine with nine minutes left in the game. Before Charlotte even realized they had actually almost made it a game, Trevor Ariza hit a few shots and the lead was back to 18. Then Ben Gordon started shooting dumb shots, and ultimately the Wizards won an extremely painful game 104-87.
Something worth mentioning: Trevor Ariza exploded for 14 points in the fourth quarter, finishing the game with a team-high 26 points.
On the other side, Kemba finished with 29 points and 6 assists.