April 17, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) on the bench during the game against the San Antonio Spurs at the Staples Center. Spurs won 112-91. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
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The Charlotte Bobcats confirmed what we all suspected: They are the worst. With a loss on Thursday to the New York Knicks that TNT improbably televised, Charlotte ended its season 7-59, clinching the worst winning percentage in a season in NBA history. The previous worst record belonged to the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers, who went 9-73.
The Bobcats had already racked up the worst scoring margin in modern NBA history and finish the season on a 23-game losing streak. Charlotte won just four games at home and three on the road, and peeled off just one within the Southeast Division. They will finish the season with the league's worst offense and the league's worst defense.
Two years ago, the Bobcats were in the playoffs. That capped the only winning season in franchise history. Within a year, Charlotte traded that team's three best players: Tyson Chandler, Stephen Jackson and Gerald Wallace.
If there's a bright side, it's that Charlotte is guaranteed one of the top four picks in the 2012 NBA Draft, and have the best odds of landing the No. 1 pick, which should be superlative big man Anthony Davis.
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The NBA's scoring title was expected to come down to the final day of the season. If Kobe Bryant scored 38 points in the Lakers' season finale against the Sacramento Kings, he would overtake Kevin Durant atop the list. However, with the Lakers having already clinched the No. 3 seed and the Pacific Division crown, the Lakers have elected to rest Bryant for the playoffs.
Via Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick.
Lakers coach Mike Brown says Kobe Bryant will not play tonight in Sacramento. Kevin Durant will win his 3rd straight scoring title.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) April 26, 2012
Durant and the Thunder finished their season on Wednesday, with Durant averaging an even 28 points per game. Bryant will finish at 27.9 points per game.
Durant becomes the sixth player in NBA history to win the scoring title three years in a row. He is the youngest of the six to accomplish that feat. Only Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain have won the scoring title four years in a row.
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It all comes down to one last night in the NBA regular season. And by "it all" I mean "a few important matters but mostly just sad lottery positioning." The Hook breaks down the impacts of all 13 games slated for Thursday.