Bobcats on pace for one of worst seasons in NBA history

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In a sense, the Charlotte Bobcats catch a break — because of the lockout shortened, 66-game season we can’t compare them directly with the worst team in NBA history, the 9-win 72-73 Philadelphia 76ers. If the Bobcats win less than 9 games, they can claim an asterisk because of this season.

But they are that bad.

Those Sixers had a win percentage of .110. The current Bobcats winning percentage is .107 (3-25). They have lost 15 in a row.

It gets worse than that. These Bobcats are proving to be historically bad and Justin Havens, ESPN Stats & Info has the numbers to prove it.

Since the start of the 2001-02 season, only three teams have ranked in the bottom two in the league in both offensive and defensive efficiency. If the Bobcats maintain their current pace, they will be the fourth team on this list.

Through 28 games, they are being outscored by 14.4 points per game. That is on pace for the second-worst mark since the NBA-ABA merger.

Thing is, it’s hard to see where the Bobcats wins are going to come from, five of their next six are on the road where they are 1-14 (not that they are much better at home). They had two games against Washington recently but got swept, and while Toronto and Detroit are coming up in the coming weeks those are tough wins for Charlotte. The problems are too big to just be blamed on injuries, the players, coach Paul Silas or owner Michael Jordan alone.

The 66-game equivalent of the Sixers 9-win season is 7.3 victories. We’ll see if Charlotte can clear that barrier.

Hey, but it is a deep draft, so you’ve got that to look forward to, Bobcats fans.

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook go head-to-head, literally (video)

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This sure didn’t look like just another game for Kevin Durant – and not only because the Thunder beat the Warriors for the first time since he left.

The 108-91 Oklahoma City victory didn’t look like just another game for Russell Westbrook (34 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and four steals), either.

Harrison Barnes banks in game-winning, buzzer-beating 3-pointer (video)

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With the shot clock off in the fourth quarter and the game tied, Grizzlies big JaMychal Green put back Tyreke Evans‘ miss with a clutch flush. There’s a very fine line between ensuring the last shot and leaving time for an offensive rebound, and Memphis threated it almost perfectly.

Emphasis on “almost.”

The Grizzlies left the Mavericks 0.5 seconds, which Harrison Barnes used to bank in a 3-pointer – off a pinpoint bounce pass by Dennis Smith Jr. – to give Dallas a 95-94 win.

Heat snap Celtics’ 16-game winning streak

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The Celtics didn’t have another comeback in them.

After overcoming a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit against the Mavericks on Monday to extend its winning streak to 16 games, Boston lost to the Heat tonight, 104-98. The streak ends as the NBA’s longest since the Hawks won 19 straight during the 2014-15 season.

The Celtics trailed Miami by 16 in the fourth quarter then cut the deficit to only one with three minutes left. But Dion Waiters hit back-to-back 3-pointers, helping the Heat pull away.

Goran Dragic (27 points) and Waiters (26 points) led Miami, which needed a reason to feel good after losing three of four to fall to 7-9.

The Celtics, on the other hand, still have a four-game cushion over the rest of the Eastern Conference. This might help them regain focus.

Serge Ibaka gets dunked on by Enes Kanter, hit in face by ball (video)

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Is Enes Kanter mad Serge Ibaka rifted with his family?

(No, not this family. That family.)