Al Jefferson recorded his second double-double of the season with season-highs in points (23) and rebounds (12) as the Cats notched a 92-76 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Nov. 29 at Time Warner Cable Arena.
Behind 12 points from Gerald Henderson and 12 boards from Bismack Biyombo in the first half, the Cats rallied from a slow start that found them down 12-7 in the first quarter. Behind five points apiece from Henderson and Biyombo the Cats outscored Milwaukee 17-8 the rest of the frame to take a 24-20 lead and never looked back.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Strong defensive play and dominance in the paint told the story for the Cats. Behind a season-high 14 rebounds from Bismack Biyombo off the bench, Charlotte grabbed 54 rebounds compared to the Bucks 38… The Cats also recorded nine blocks and dominated the paint, outscoring Milwaukee, 44-26… After starting the game 1-for-6 (16 percent), the Cats finished the game shooting 44 percent (35-for-79) and held the Bucks to 33 percent shooting (28-for-84)… Charlotte finished with four players in double-figure scoring – Al Jefferson (23), Gerald Henderson (19), Ramon Sessions (11) and Kemba Walker (10). Henderson has scored in double figures in eight consecutives game and this was the 15th time he’s done so this season.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Al Jefferson finished with his second double-double of the season, recording season highs in points (23) and rebounds (12). Jefferson scored in double figures for the fourth consecutive game and seventh time this season.
BUCKS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Brandon Knight led the Bucks in scoring with 17 points on 63 percent shooting (7-for-11). He also added three rebounds, two assists and two steals in 30 minutes of play.
With the victory, the Bobcats are 3-0 in their last three games against the Bucks at Time Warner Cable Arena… With 44 points, Charlotte is averaging 41.2 points in the paint over the last six games and is outscoring their opponents, 206-152, or by an average of 10.8 points. During the season’s previous 11 games, the Bobcats averaged 37.1 points and outscored their opponents by an average of just 1.6… Defensively, Charlotte continues to be strong. Entering the contest, the Cats were giving up only 92.4 points per game, which was the fourth-lowest average in the NBA. Last season, the team allowed 102.7 points per contest, ranking 29th in the league… In addition, the Bobcats are giving up the second-fewest fast break points in the league (9.9) and the second-fewest points in the paint (33.9). The Bobcats have held their opponent under 100 points in 14 of their 17 games this season, the third-most such games in the NBA. They held the Bucks to an NBA season-low 72 points on Nov. 23, tying the third-lowest single-game total by an opponent in franchise history.
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