Matt Carroll’s first hint was the curtains blocking off the upper deck when he came out for his pregame shooting routine. The effects of a rare Southern snowstorm in Charlotte, N.C., really hit home just before tip-off when the Bobcats guard was supposed to throw a free T-shirt into the crowd.
“I was looking around and I couldn’t find anybody,’’ Carroll said. “So I said I was going to throw it up to a zone and see if someone can get it.’’
No fans, no problem for these suddenly resurgent Bobcats.
Stephen Jackson scored 27 points and Charlotte beat the listless Memphis Grizzlies, 96-82, last night in a game played in front of about 1,000 fans who braved the treacherous roads that shut down most of the city.
“We knew we had a job to do, that’s come out and play and get a win regardless,’’ Jackson said. “You can’t expect everybody to come out in his weather and drive.’’
D.J. Augustin added 18 points and nine assists and Carroll scored a season-best 12 points for Charlotte, which was never threatened while moving to 5-2 since Paul Silas became the coach after Larry Brown was fired. It’s the Bobcats’ first three-game winning streak of the season.
Zach Randolph had 15 points and 15 rebounds but got little help as Memphis lost its second straight thanks to terrible shooting. The Grizzlies missed 33 of their first 42 shots in falling behind by 16 points in the second quarter.
Bulls 95, Pistons 82 — Derrick Rose scored 29 points and Carlos Boozer added 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead Chicago to its seventh straight home victory. The Bulls erased Detroit’s 12-point halftime lead midway through the third quarter behind Boozer. He scored 9 quick points with his jumper tying it at 61 with 4:54 left in the quarter.