With all the attention and admiration directed towards the Los Angeles Clippers’ recent 17-game win streak, NBA fans have almost forgotten that there has been an equally incredible streak going on at the same time, but that’s probably because its of the opposite variety.
The Charlotte Bobcats were languishing through a 18-game losing skid, but the agony finally ended Monday, as the Bobcats stymied the Chicago Bulls, prevailing 91-81 for their third road win and their eighth win of the season overall.
The Bobcats were relieved to end the skid, as they are one team that knows things can get worse. The Bobcats went through an even longer slump last season, losing 23 consecutive games en route to a 7-59 record.
“We’re a desperate team right now,” Gerald Henderson said via ESPN.com. “This losing streak has been very tough on us.”
Kemba Walker led the way for the Cats with 18 points and eight rebounds, while Henderson added 16 and Ben Gordon put in 15 off the bench in the team’s first winning effort in over a month.
In typical Charlotte fashion, the Bobcats surrendered a double-digit halftime lead, but unlike the team that went on the skid, they pulled out the victory and eclipsed last season’s win total in the process.
After going 1-15 in the month of December, Charlotte is hoping 2013 will be a fresh start.
Meanwhile, the Bulls are trying to avoid entering their own slump, as they’ve lost three out of the last four games.
“We’re in a funk right now, we’ve been up and down this season,” said Taj Gibson, who had eight points and nine rebounds. “Tonight, we let down a lot on defense and we just have to find our way out of it.”