Al Jefferson scored 32 points and tied the second-longest streak in Bobcat history, posting his ninth consecutive game with at least 20 points or more, but the Cats fell short, 89-87, to the Chicago Bulls on Jan. 25 at Time Warner Cable Arena. Jannero Pargo chipped in a season-high 15 points of the bench for Charlotte.
In a low-scoring, defensive battle that featured 10 lead changes in the first half, both teams finished with 39 apiece heading to the break. The Bulls were able to gain some momentum, grabbing a six-point lead with 3:58 left in the third quarter, but Al Jefferson willed the Cats to within two at the end of the period. However, the Bulls started to pull away in the fourth, jumping out on a 10-2 run to start the frame. Chicago grabbed its biggest lead of the game (12 points) as D.J. Augustin took over, scoring 15 of his 28 points in the frame on 4-for-5 shooting. The Cats made a valiant effort in the final minute to close the gap to two points, but the Bulls escaped with the victory.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Charlotte was able to surpass Chicago in a number of areas in the stat sheet. They shot a higher percentage from the field (42.0 percent), scored more points in the paint (44), and held an advantage in second-chance points (12). However, the difference in this game was advantage the Bulls had from three-point range and from the foul line. The Bulls shot 47.8 percent (11-for-23) from three, compared to 31.6 percent (6-for-19) for the Cats. The Bulls also got to the line 22 times and connected on 16 of them (72.7 percent), while the Cats reached the stripe only 10 times, converting on seven (70.0 percent). Al Jefferson didn’t get much help, as only two other Cats scored in double figures – Jannero Pargo (15) and Gerald Henderson (11).
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Al Jefferson did it all for the Cats offensively without much support. He finished with 32 points, shooting 15-for-26 from the floor and added 13 rebounds for his 19th double-double this season. He is now tied with Brevin Knight in 2005-2006, for most double-doubles in a season for the Cats all-time.
BULLS PLAYER OF THE GAME
DJ Augustin heated up in the fourth quarter and was able to put the game out of reach. He finished with a team-high 28 points on 9-of-19 shooting, including six three-pointers. Augustin has now posted double-figures in six of his last seven games.
The Cats fall to 0-3 against the Bulls this season with one more meeting scheduled for Apr. 16 in Charlotte. The Bulls are now 9-1 in their last 10 meetings against the Bobcats… The Cats are now 4-10 in the second game of a back-to-back this season… Josh McRoberts made two three-pointers tonight and has connected from long range for the seventh-straight game… Al Jefferson has finished in double-figures for the 31st time in 33 games and 34th time this season. Jefferson has also finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds for the fifth time in his last six games. … Jannero Pargo has now scored 11 or more points in his last four games…. By holding the Bulls to just 89 points, the Cats have held their opponent under 100 points in 30 of their 46 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 Cats will head West to start a four-game road trip against the Nuggets at 9 p.m. on Jan. 29 in Denver. 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.