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Flashback: Bobcats' 2010 playoff debut
Day 1 of our 30-team NBA playoff flashback profiles the Charlotte Bobcats. The Bobcats franchise has never won an NBA title, and has one playoff appearance since its inaugural season in 2004-05.
Date: April 18, 2010
Situation: Bobcats vs. Magic, Game 1 of the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs
Context: For the first time in franchise history, the Bobcats made the postseason. Charlotte went 44-38 in the regular season — the first winning season in franchise history — and made the playoffs as a No. 7 seed. Led by Stephen Jackson (21.1 points per game) and Gerald Wallace (18.2 points), the ‘Cats drew the Magic in the first round.
Recap: Jameer Nelson had a big first half for Orlando, scoring 24 points. Behind their point guard, the Magic held a 59-43 lead at the break. Charlotte then clawed back. Led by Gerald Wallace, the Bobcats cut the lead to 85-80 late in the fourth. However, sparked by Dwight Howard and Mickael Pietrus, the Magic went on a 7-4 run to put the game away. Charlotte lost, 98-89.
Top players: Gerald Wallace finished with 25 points on 8-for-13 shooting and 17 rebounds. Raymond Felton (19 points) and Stephen Jackson (18 points) also finished in double figures. Boris Diaw scored the first points in Bobcats playoff history. Orlando was led by Jameer Nelson’s 32 points. Vince Carter (12 points on 4-for-19 shooting) and Dwight Howard (five points, five fouls in 27 minutes) both struggled for Orlando.
After the game: Orlando went on to sweep the Bobcats. Charlotte hung tight in Game 3 of the series, leading 46-41 at the break, but Jameer Nelson (32 points) helped Orlando secure the win, 90-86. The Magic won Game 2 by 15 and Game 4 by nine. Charlotte is still without a playoff win in franchise history.
Check back tomorrow for the Grizzlies.
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