At times this short season Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was very much the NBA rookie: Hesitant to drive, prone to the occasional turnover or ill-timed foul.

"He wasn't a rookie tonight," Charlotte Bobcats teammate Kemba Walker said proudly, after Kidd-Gilchrist was a central figure in a 101-97 overtime victory over the Dallas Mavericks.

This was big for many reasons including the fact history was made. The Mavericks were the last of 29 other NBA teams never to have lost to the Bobcats: 16-0 for the series.

Bigger still that Kidd-Gilchrist, the No. 2 overall pick in June, looked like the No. 2 pick: A career-high 25 points, 12 rebounds, two blocks and a steal. He drove to the rim constantly and with daring, and he grabbed an offensive rebound that set up the basket that forced overtime.

"It's getting more and more comfortable. I'm starting to get everything," said Kidd-Gilchrist, who made 8-of-12 shots from the field and went to the foul line 10 times. "I love my coaching."