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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist makes impact in season-opening win

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist - photo by Mark Dolejs-US PRESSWIRE

– photo by Mark Dolejs-US PRESSWIRE

Sitting at the podium for his postgame press conference, first-year Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap was clearly pleased with the debut of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, the No. 2 overall pick in this June's draft who is a perfect fit for Dunlap's preferred up-tempo, max-effort style of play.

In a game the Bobcats won by a single point, 90-89, against the Pacers, Kidd-Gilchrist was +12 for the night—meaning Charlotte outscored Indiana by 12 points while he was on the floor. In the first quarter alone, his tenacious interior defense forced Paul George to miss a 2-foot lay-up, his athletic, out-of-nowhere offensive rebound kept alive a possession that eventually ended with a Kemba Walker basket, and a pair of defensive rebounds ended scoring opportunities for the Pacers.

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