Al Jefferson scored 15 points in the fourth quarter as the Cats rallied from a 20-point deficit and came away with a 116-106 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Dec. 20. Jefferson finished with his eighth double-double of the season with 24 points and a season-high 14 rebounds. Kemba Walker tied his season-high with 34 points, while Gerald Henderson added 22 points.
Charlotte entered the fourth quarter trailing, 89-75, having chipped away at an 18-point deficit in the third quarter. Led by Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker, the Cats started the fourth quarter on a 23-10 run to take a 100-99 lead behind six points from Jefferson. Walker dropped in seven points as the Cats outscored Milwaukee, 41-17, in the fourth to take the win.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The second half told the story for the Cats. After finishing the first half shooting 38.5 percent (15-for-39) from the field and 00.0 percent (0-for-6) from long range. Charlotte shot 64.4 percent from the field (29-for-45) and 75.0 percent (3-for-4) from 3-point territory as they outscored the Pistons by 24 points in the quarter… The Cats didn't just get it done offensively, they also held Detroit to 30.0 percent shooting (6-for-20) in the fourth quarter, out rebounded the Pistons, 16-7, swiped three steals to Detroit’s zero and forced four Pistons turnovers while only coughing it up once. The Cats went to the charity stripe 28 times and connected on 25 to the Pistons 18 attempts, of which they converted 10. Although Detroit held the advantage on the boards, 44-43, Charlotte outscored their opponent in the paint, 58-48. Charlotte finished with five players in double figures - Kemba Walker (34), Al Jefferson (24), Gerald Henderson (22), Ramon Sessions (10) and Ben Gordon (10).
BOBCATS PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Kemba Walker led the way for the Cats tying his season-high with 34 points on 58 percent (10-for-17) shooting from the floor and 50 percent (1-for2) from long range. He has scored in double figures for the 18th consecutive game and 25th time this season, including 12 games with 20 points or more.
Al Jefferson sparked the Cats with 15 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and hauled down a season-high 14 rebounds to notch his eighth double-double of the season. Jefferson shot 45 percent (11-for-24) from the field to go with two assists, two steals and one block in 33 minutes.
PISTONS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Brandon Jennings finished with 26 points on 50 percent (10-for-20) shooting. He also added five assists, one rebound and one steal in 37 minutes.
Early in the first quarter Jeffery Taylor suffered a right Achilles injury and will undergo further testing, in Charlotte, on Saturday. The Bobcats tri-captains have all scored in double figures in 14 consecutive games, Gerald Henderson (18), Kemba Walker (16) and Al Jefferson (14), marking the first time in franchise history three players have all scored in double figures in at least 14 consecutive games. Walker has topped the 20-point plateau in four straight games, marking the fifth time in his career that he has scored 20 points or more in at least three straight games. Walker has made four three-point field goals in two of his last three games, recording consecutive games with four three-point field goals for just the second time in his career. The previous time came on March 20 and 22, 2013. During the three-game stretch, Walker is averaging 25.7 points, while shooting .639 from the field (39-61), .523 from beyond the three-point line (11-21) and .888 from the free-throw line (22-25). Also with three steals against the Pistons, Walker has recorded his 35th game with three or more steals since the start of the 2012-13 season, which is third in the NBA behind only Chris Paul’s 40 and Ricky Rubio’s 38. Jefferson has recorded double-doubles in seven of his last 11 contests.
Charlotte heads back home to host the Utah Jazz at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 21 at Time Warner Cable Arena. Listen live on WFNZ 610am or bobcats.com. The game can also be seen on FoxSportSouth and NBA League Pass.