Both the Charlotte Bobcats and Chicago Bulls made the Eastern Conference play-offs, but with these two sides meeting last night there was pride at stake for the entertaining teams.
The Bobcats were going into the game on the back of two victories, while the Bulls had only lost one game out of seven in the month of April. But it was Charlotte who came away with the win in overtime, securing a 91-86 victory at The Time Warner Cable Arena.
In the previous meetings this season Charlotte had lost on all three occasions, and the fans wanted to go into the play-offs in style and to seek some revenge.
However in the first quarter the Bulls had other plans, winning 21-16 with a very strong team; Carlos Boozer playing the full 12 minutes as well as scoring eight points, hitting four of his six attempted field goals.
However in the second period, the home side responded emphatically outscoring the opposition 27-18 with Kemba Walker scoring eight and assisting four, while Al Jefferson hit six in six minutes.
Going in at half-time Steve Clifford's team had a small lead at 43-39 as Walker was leading the way on points with 10.
Then after half-time, the Bulls bounced back once more to outscore their opposition in the third; Jimmy Butler hitting eight with Carlos Boozer adding six to the board, and heading into the fourth Tom Thibodeau's men had a one point lead at 60-59.
However, the Bobcats lost Al Jefferson, who limped off with an injury, as the center sat down holding his knee before going off into the dressing rooms.
But the Charlotte fans and head coach Clifford breathed a sigh of relief as Jefferson returned for the fourth quarter, and it seemed to boost his teammates as they won the period 21-20; Chris Douglas-Roberts scoring 12 for the hosts, and taking the game into overtime.
There was only one period of overtime as Charlotte showed more about their game to win 11-6 in the extra period; Kemba Walker again making the difference scoring eight and helping secure a determined victory in their hometown going into the play-offs later this week.
"It's going to be a challenge, but it's the playoffs and anything can happen. It's not going to be easy but we're going to go out there and give it all we got just like we have been doing all year."
Miami are 15-0 against the Bobcats since LeBron James joined the Heat, but the Bobcats have improved drastically since last season having previously finished second from bottom in the Eastern Conference.
Chicago meanwhile take on the Washington Wizards who they have beaten twice this season, last campaign Tom Thibodeau's men made it to the Conference quarter finals before losing to Miami 4-1.
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