Outside of having elite talent, execution is probably the top thing that separates good teams from the bad ones. Of course, great talent will have an eye for detail and polished execution, which further separates the top teams from merely good teams, but that's something we'll come across another day. For right now, the Bobcats cemented the gap between them and the Pistons in a mildly competitive 18-point victory by executing their gameplan on both sides of the ball much better than Detroit.

Charlotte once again seemed to have found a groove on offense to start the game with an early 8-2 and later 18-9 lead. The Bobcats were not without mistakes, but the Pistons seemed happy to make more. Al Jefferson switched things up a bit and kickstarted his offense strictly from the midrange with a few jump shots over Andre Drummond. Cody Zeller even got revenge on Greg Monroe with a block and added in a few buckets and strong plays to boot.

But mostly the Bobcats found success due to terrific ball movement stemming from recognizing Detroit's defensive holes that resulted from poor rotations. This, below, however was just a stupendous pass from McRoberts. Henderson has just curled around Jefferson's screen and cuts towards the hoop when McRoberts somehow swings the pass around Monroe's left leg to find Henderson for the layup.

Josh McRoberts and Kemba Walker probed the perimeter defense and found that the Pistons did not particularly care for closing out on jump shooters and took advantage.

The Bobcats maintained a slight lead throughout the second quarter, though the offense stalled a bit. Detroit's bench backcourt -- Rodney Stuckey and Will Bynum, specifically -- scored well. Kemba Walker, who had a dynamite passing game, played all but about four minutes of the first half, including a lot of time in the two-guard set with Ramon Sessions. Charlotte went into the break up 53-47.

And then they came out of the break with a 17-3 run. Al Jefferson went to work with his back to the basket and got a bucket in the post to start the quarter and followed with a jump shot. On the next possession he drew multiple defenders towards the basket before kicking out to Walker for a three. The Bobcats' offense once again deftly moved the ball around the floor to get everyone involved as their defense gave Detroit fits.