Al Jefferson powered the Bobcat offense, posting his fourth 30-point game and 20th double-double (35 points, 11 rebounds) of the season as the Cats defeated the Nuggets in thrilling fashion, 101-98, on Jan. 29 in Denver. Gerald Henderson and Ramon sessions added 16 points apiece in the win.
The turning point in this one came down to the final seconds of the game. The Cats held a 99-95 lead late in the fourth quarter, but Darrell Arthur hit a tough three-pointer with 10.7 seconds left. Gerald Henderson was fouled immediately and converted one of two free throws, pushing the lead to 100-98. After a timeout, the ball was inbounded to Evan Fournier, who drove the lane and threw up a wild layup. Timofey Mozgov grabbed the board and attempted the putback dunk, but was blocked from behind by Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. The ball fell into the hands of Al Jefferson who was fouled, to seal the game for Charlotte.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Charlotte was able to shoot a better percentage from the field (42.3 percent) than Denver, but the team held it’s major advantages down low and from the foul line. The Cats out-rebounded the Nuggets, 53-43, and blocked seven shots to Denver’s two… The Nuggets did shoot a better free throw percentage (84.6 percent), but Charlotte got to the foul line a season-high 42 times and converted 30 attempts (71.4 percent)… The Cats were also able to beat the run-and-gun Nuggets at their own game: fast-break points. The Cats scored 14 points on the break, compared to Denver’s 11.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Al Jefferson was again the focal point offensively for the Cats, proving his case to be an All-Star. He finished with a season-high 35 points and 11 rebounds – good for his 20th double-double of the season and 14th in his last 22 games.
NUGGETS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Randy Foye provided instant offense as he took over for an ailing Nuggets back-court. He put up team-high 33 points and handed out seven assists in 40 minutes of action.
Charlotte has played in a league-high 23 games decided by six points or less this season and are now 12-11 in those games…Al Jefferson has scored 20+ points in 10-consecutive games. Jefferson finished in double-figures for the 32nd time in 34 games and 35th time this season... The Cats are 2-0 when making 30+ free throws in a game and have attempted more free throws then their opponent in 19 of their 20 victories this season… The Bobcats notched their ninth road victory of the season; they had six all of last season… By holding the Nuggets to 98 points, the Cats have held their opponent under 100 points in 31 of their 47 games this season. Coming into tonight’s game, the Cats were giving up 97.3 points per game, the sixth-lowest in the NBA… The Nuggets were without Ty Lawson (left shoulder) and Nate Robinson who left in the first quarter with a left knee sprain and did not return.
The Cats stay out West, continuing their four-game road trip against the Lakers at 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 31 in Los Angeles. 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.