On the Charlotte Bobcats' first offensive series last night, 3 seconds into the game, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist took the ball to the basket and hit Thaddeus Young hard enough that Young stayed on the court for a little bit to recover.
It was certainly a sign of things to come as the Bobcats proceeded to keep running over the Sixers the rest of the evening, eventually gliding to a 123-93 win.
"There was a spirit that was knocked out of us early," Brett Brown said. "For the most part, when you look at our season, you're just so proud of these guys playing their hearts out. I think that we got hit in the stomach early, and it knocked us around. We took a hit; we were deflated. The game was really determined in the first half."
It was determined when Charlotte made 13 of its first 17 shots, opened a 27-point margin in the first half and wasn't challenged after that.