The Bobcats were able to win their second-straight game and third in four contests at home, 95-91, over the Los Angeles Clippers with help from Al Jefferson’s fourth-consecutive double-double (24 points, 10 rebounds) on Jan. 22 at Time Warner Cable Arena. Josh McRoberts and Gerald Henderson chipped in 13 points apiece for the Cats.
In a game that featured 17 lead changes, the turning point ultimately came down to the final moments. With 19.8 seconds left, tied at 89, Ramon Sessions airballed a floater that fell into the arms of Gerald Henderson. Without hesitation, Henderson put up a reverse dunk to put the Cats up, 91-89. After a timeout with 22.5 ticks on the clock, Jamal Crawford missed a wild layup from the right block. Blake Griffin pulled down the rebound, but his jump shot didn’t fall either. A pair of free throws from Josh McRoberts and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist put the game away for Charlotte.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Cats saw six players score double figures – Al Jefferson (24), Josh McRoberts (13), Gerald Henderson (13), Jannero Pargo (11), Anthony Tolliver (10) and Ramon Sessions (10). Charlotte is now a perfect 4-0 when they have six or more players finish in double-figures… Charlotte shot a better percentage from field (46.4 percent) and from long range (33.3 percent) than Los Angeles (43.3 and 23.1 percent). However, the Clippers did hold the advantage from the stripe, connecting on 77.8 percent of their free throws, compared to 60 percent for Charlotte… The Cats were also able to win the turnover battle, 14-10… The Clippers showed their strength inside, outscoring the Cats in the paint, 48-38, and in second-chance points, 23-10… Charlotte led Los Angeles in free throw attempts, 20-9. They have attempted more free throw attempts than their opponent 29 times in 43 contests and have done so in 18 of their 19 victories this season… After holding the Clippers to 91 points, the Bobcats have limited their opponents under 100 points in 29 of their 44 games this season. Entering tonight’s game, Los Angeles averaged 105.8 points.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Al Jefferson continued his stretch of strong play on both ends of the floor, leading the Bobcats with a team-high 24 points and 10 rebounds. Jefferson has had 20-or-more points and 10-or-more rebounds in four-straight games, which ties a Bobcats franchise record.
CLIPPERS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Blake Griffin proved to be a major force inside for the Clippers, finishing with a game-high 27 points on 11-for-20 shooting, seven rebounds and six assists. Griffin has scored double-figures in every game he’s played this year.
The Cats snapped their six-game losing streak at the hands of the Clippers… Al Jefferson posted his 18th double-double of the season. Jefferson also finished in double figures for the 29th time in his last 31 games … Josh McRoberts connected on two more three-pointers and is now shooting 14-of-21 (66.7 percent) from behind the arc in his last five games…The Cats have played in the most games decided by six points-or-fewer (21) in the NBA and their record now stands at 11-10 in those games… Charlotte improved to 2-0 in the absence of Kemba Walker (ankle). Ramon Sessions put together another strong effort in Walker’s place, distributing a season-high eight assists ...Jannero Pargo provided a spark off the bench, tying his season-high in points (11), which he’s achieved in back-to-back games for the Cats.
The Cats will travel to New York City to take on the Knicks in the first game of a back-to-back at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 24. 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.