Al Jefferson scored 27 points and hauled down nine rebounds on his 29th birthday and Kemba Walker added a game-high 30 points as the Cats snapped their five-game skid with a 113-103 victory on Jan. 4 in Sacramento.
Charlotte built a 13-point lead at halftime only to see the Kings rally back on their home court and cut the lead to 99-96 with six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. That’s when Head Coach Steve Clifford opted to insert starters Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson back into the lineup and it paid off instantly, as Walker quickly jumped the passing lane for a steal and layin that extended Charlotte’s lead to 101-96. Jefferson took over from there, scoring the Cats next 10 points as Charlotte pushed its advantage to 111-100 on its way to the win.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Charlotte set a new season high, shooting 54.2 percent (45-for-83) from the field and surpassing the 52.4 percent it shot on Dec. 20 in Detroit… The Cats connected on nine three-pointers led by four from Kemba Walker. Sacramento finished with six treys… Five Cats finished scoring in double digits led by Walker (30 points) and followed by Al Jefferson (27), Gerald Henderson (16), Ramon Sessions (12) and Chris Douglas-Roberts (10)… Josh McRoberts was the lone starter to finish in single-digit scoring (five points) but led the team with 11 rebounds to go with four assists, one steal and one block… Three Kings – DeMarcus Cousins (26 points, 11 rebounds), Rudy Gay (17 points, 10 rebounds) and Jason Thompson (15 points, 14 rebounds) finished with double-doubles.
BOBCATS PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Al Jefferson celebrated his 29th birthday with 27 points, nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and one blocked shot. Jefferson has now also scored in double figures in 22-straight games – the Cats longest active streak and is averaging a double-double (21.1 points, 11.5 rebounds) while dishing out 1.6 assists and blocking 1.00 shot in his last 10 games. He’s had double-doubles in seven of those 10 contests.
KINGS PLAYER OF THE GAME
DeMarcus Cousins scored a team-high 26 points to go with 11 rebounds, giving him his 20th double-double of the season. Cousins has scored 20 or more points in 15 of the last 18 games for Sacramento.
Charlotte swept the season series against Sacramento, 2-0, following a 95-87 victory on Dec. 17 in Charlotte… The win in Sacramento marked the Cats seventh road win of 2013-14, surpassing its total road wins (six) from the 2012-13 season… Chris Douglas-Roberts got his first start of the season after coming off the bench to score a season-high 20 points on 6-for-8 shooting, including 2-for-3 from long range against the Blazers on Jan. 2. CDR scored 10 points to go with four rebounds and two assists and continues to see his minutes increase with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (hand) and Jeffery Taylor (Achilles) sidelined… Kemba Walker pumped in a game-high 30 points, including four treys, and added six assists and four rebounds after seeing his string of 22-straight games scoring in double digits, the longest streak of his career, end on Dec. 2 in Portland.
The Cats return home for a 7 p.m. tip on Jan. 7 against Washington at Time Warner Cable Arena. Listen live on WFNZ 610am, the official Bobcats app or on bobcats.com. The game can also be seen on SportSouth and NBA League Pass.