This was the best crowd any Charlotte team will play in front of all year. Time Warner Cable Arena was full of middle-school cheering wildly for the home team. Schools decide which students will make the trip, and everybody gets in free. The game began at 11 a.m.
Milwaukee came back from a 20-point deficit and beat the Charlotte Bobcats 100-90 in Charlotte's next to last exhibition. The Bobcats open the season at home a week from Friday.
Milwaukee hammered the Bobcats, who often played a small lineup, on the boards. The Bucks had 56 rebounds, the Bobcats 38. The Bucks had 21 offensive rebounds. The Bobcats 12. The Bucks had four players with seven or more rebounds. The Bobcats had Brendan Haywood.
The Bobcats rested Gerald Henderson most of the second half and played Michael Kidd-Gilchrist only 13 minutes total. They practiced long Wednesday so the idea was not to wear players out.
Although Kemba Walker shot only two of seven from the field in the fourth quarter, he finished with a game-high 20 points on 16 field goal attempts.
He played 40 minutes and had seven assists, also a game high. Most impressively, did not have a turnover.
I don't think 11 a.m. tipoffs will catch on. But if I had a vote, they would.