Most of the Wildcats in the NBA had Monday off. However, there were seven former Cats who took to the courts last night and represented the Big Blue Nation well.
Sacramento Kings 96 – Washington Wizards 94
> John Wall, Guard, Washington
> Demarcus Cousins, Center, Sacramento
> Chuck Hayes, Forward-Center, Sacramento
This game was tightly contested all the way through. With the score tied at 94 with 7.9 seconds left in the game, the Kings’ Isaiah Thomas connected on a left-handed floater with 1.9 seconds remaining. The Wizards then turned the ball over to seal the victory for Sacramento. The Kings have been plagued by turnovers the last few games but were able to keep that issue under control last night. The Wizards weren’t as fortunate as they committed twenty turnovers. John Wall contributed 19 points, 6 assists, and a rebound. Cousins put up 12 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist, and a blocked shot. His teammate and former Cat Chuck Hayes had 2 points, 5 rebounds, and a steal.
Houston Rockets 125 – Utah Jazz 80
> Patrick Patterson, Forward-Center, Houston
> Enes Kanter, Center, Utah
The Rockets have now won three straight games and looked impressive in their rout of the Jazz yesterday. The Rockets shot nearly 53% from the field and blew the game wide open in the second and third quarters. This was the worst home loss for the Jazz in franchise history. Patrick Patterson did his part in the win by recording 12 points, 2 rebounds, and an assist. Kanter nearly had a double-double with 9 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists.
Chicago Bulls 93 – Charlotte Bobcats 85
> Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Forward, Charlotte
The Bobcats have the worst winning percentage in the NBA and Monday night’s loss to the Bulls didn’t help their cause. They kept it close as the score was tied at 55 nearing the end of the third quarter. The Bulls asserted their dominance, though, and scored the last eight points of the third and first five points of the fourth quarter to put the Bobcats in a sizable hole they couldn’t climb out of. Kidd-Gilchrist had 6 points and 5 rebounds. Former Cats Nazr Mohammed and Marquis Teague didn’t play for the Bulls due to a coach’s decision.
Brooklyn Nets 97 – Orlando Magic 77
> Keith Bogans, Guard-Forward, Brooklyn
The Nets were able to build a big first half lead to put the game out of reach. Keith Bogans stepped up and played a major role in the win to snap the Nets’ two game losing streak. In one of his best games of the season Bogans put up 12 points, 4 rebounds, and a steal.