The progress the Charlotte Bobcats may have been making appeared to evaporate on Monday night when the Oklahoma City Thunder rolled over the visitors, 114-69.
The Thunder got off to a blazing start, entering halftime with a 64-24 lead while holding the Bobcats to 12 points in each of the first two quarters.
Six different Thunder players scored in double figures as the Bobcats were held to 29 percent shooting. Oklahoma City out-rebounded Charlotte, 54-37.
Rick Reilly of ESPN likened the woeful defensive performance by the Bobcats to the Division III game between Grinnell College and Faith Baptist Bible in which Jack Taylor scored 138 points:
OKC is beating the Bobcats 84-35. Jack Taylor has 81 already.— Rick Reilly (@ReillyRick) November 27, 2012
Bobcats rookie Jeffery Taylor led the team with 10 points while the rest of the starters combined for 21 points.
The Thunder shot 51 percent from the floor, including 13-of-27 from downtown. Kevin Durant led the way with 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting.
Backup point guard Cory Higgins led the Bobcats with three assists. Kemba Walker led the starters with a plus-minus of negative-31, although he only played for 20 minutes and went 0-of-6 from the floor.
Charlotte scored as many points as owner Michael Jordan did by himself in March 1990 against the Cleveland Cavaliers, as Rich Levine of CSN New England tweeted:
Bobcats finish with 69 points, shoot 23-79 from the field. In March of 1990, Owner MJ drops 69 while shooting 23-37. basketball-reference.com/boxscores/1990…— Rich Levine (@rich_levine) November 27, 2012
The only positive Charlotte could draw from this game is that it didn't score the fewest points in NBA history.
CBS Sports' Eye on Basketball chimed in:
The Bobcats did avoid the worst ever mark for points in a game. And cut the lead to 40! Woo!— Eye on Basketball (@EyeOnBasketball) November 27, 2012
The Bobcats are now 7-6, but if you had just tuned into the team on Monday night, you would have thought it was their 13th loss of the season.
One thing's for sure: This is not the type of excellence that Michael Jordan exhibited throughout his career. He probably didn't even know a team could play this poorly.