Al Jefferson (29 points) and Kemba Walker (24 points) each hit the 20+point mark for the second-straight game as the Cats (25-30) defeated the Detroit Pistons (22-32), 116-96 in back-to-back nights on Feb. 19 at Time Warner Cable Arena. Walker added a career-high 16 assists, recording his fourth double-double of the season for Charlotte in the victory.
This game had a similar feel to the one played just a night before, as Charlotte got off to a hot start against the Pistons once again and led for almost the entire first half. Coming out of halftime, the Cats looked even stronger, starting the half on a 17-3 run and created an early 20-point cushion. Detroit would come as close as nine in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough as Charlotte easily secured the win.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Cats were able move the ball effectively, racking up 32 assists. The ball movement can be attributed to Charlotte outshooting the Pistons from the field (51.2 percent) and getting to the free throw line 31 times. Charlotte was also able to establish itself inside on both ends of the floor, leading the rebounding category with 49 and blocked shots with 11. However, Detroit was able to score more points in the paint (48-38) and force 15 Bobcat turnovers, while only giving up the ball nine times…Charlotte had six players finish in double figures – Al Jefferson (29), Kemba Walker (24), Josh McRoberts (15), Gerald Henderson (11), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (11) and Ramon Sessions (10). The Cats are now 5-2 on the season when six or more players finish in double figures.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Kemba Walker lit up the Pistons with a spectacular performance, putting up 24 points, dishing out a career-high 16 assists and five rebounds in the win. Walker’s previous career-mark in assists was 13, which he recorded Apr. 15, 2013 against the New York Knicks.
PISTONS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Before being ejected late in the fourth quarter with double technical fouls, Brandon Jennings was the high-man once again for Detroit. He led the way with a team-high 20 points on 7-of-18 shooting, six assists and four rebounds in 35 minutes of action for the Pistons.
The Cats sweep the season series against the Pistons 3-0 and own the tie-breaker over Detroit. With the consecutive victories, Charlotte is now two and a half games ahead of Detroit for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference… The Cats improve to 4-12 in the second game of a back-to-back this season… Al Jefferson reached the 20-point mark for the 16th game out his last 18 contests… Josh McRoberts connected on 3-of-4 treys against Detroit. McRoberts is now shooting 35-for-67 from beyond the three-point line (.522) over his last 16 games… Cody Zeller added an impressive night to his rookie year, recording a career-high three blocked shots…With Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker finishing with 20+ points each, the Cats improve 7-2 this season when the duo does so… Charlotte is also a perfect 8-0 when they shoot .500 percent or better from the field… With 116 points, the Cats are now 7-1 when they score 100 points at home…After holding Detroit to 96 points, Charlotte has now held their opponent under 100 points in 35 of 55 games this season, third-most games in the NBA.
The Cats will play its third game in four days as they play host to the New Orleans Pelicans, Feb. 21 at Time Warner Cable Arena. Listen live on WFNZ 610 am, the official Bobcats app or on bobcats.com. The game can also be seen on SportSouth and NBA League Pass.