Al Jefferson notched his third-straight double-double in a 100-95 win over the Toronto Raptors in an MLK Day matinee on Jan. 20 at Time Warner Cable Arena. Ramon Sessions stepped up in the place of the injured Kemba Walker (ankle) with a season-high 23 points.
The Cats got out to a great start, ending the first quarter on a 21-6 run, as Al Jefferson hit the double-double mark early (10 points and 10 rebounds). The Cats appeared to be in control, seeing their lead grow to as many as 30 points in the third quarter. In the fourth, Toronto stormed back and came within one point after Kyle Lowry was fouled on a made jump shot with 25.9 seconds remaining. Lowry missed the game-tying free throw and the Bobcats were able to hang on with Ramon Sessions and Gerald Henderson free throws to secure the win.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Cats saw five players score double figures – Ramon Sessions (23), Al Jefferson (22), Gerald Henderson (16), Josh McRoberts and Jannero Pargo finished with 11 apiece… Charlotte was more efficient from the field (49.2 percent), three (56.3 percent) and the free-throw line (81.8 percent) than the Raptors… Toronto dominated inside, outscoring the Cats in the paint, 44-32, and in second-chance points, 28-0… Charlotte led Toronto in free-throw attempts, 33-10. The Cats have attempted more free throw attempts than their opponent 29 times in 43 contests…After holding the Raptors to 95 points, the Bobcats have limited their opponents under 100 points in 28 of their 43 games this season…The Cats improved to 10-2 when they score 100 points or more in a game.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Al Jefferson continued his recent dominance, scoring 22 points on 50.0 percent shooting (9-of-18). He also added a team-high 19 rebounds and seven assists in 37 minutes. Jefferson has posted 20 points or more in his last six games and finished in double figures for the 28th time in his last 30 games.
RAPTORS PLAYER OF THE GAME
DeMar DeRozan was key in the Raptors comeback effort with a game-high 25 points on 43 percent shooting (10-of-23) and six rebounds.
The Cats won the season-series against the Raptors 2-1… Al Jefferson was the first Bobcat to ever record a double-double in the first quarter. The last player to do it was Reggie Evans on Apr. 9, 2013 for the Brooklyn Nets… Jefferson posted his 17th double-double of the season and now has a double-double in his last 11 of his last 18 games and 17 in his last 27 contests… Jefferson finished with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in three-straight games, marking the fourth time that has happened in Bobcats history… Jefferson finished in double figures for the 28th time in his last 30 games… Kemba Walker (left ankle sprain) did not play and is expected to miss 10-14 days. His absence ended his streak of 190 consecutive games played. Golden State’s Klay Thompson is the only other member of the 2011 Draft Class that hasn’t missed a game… Prior to tonight’s game, Walker and Gerald Henderson were one of three NBA backcourts to start every game this season, but that streak was also snapped… Ramon Sessions made his first start as a Bobcat – his last start came in 2012 as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers…Jannero Pargo saw significant playing time for the first time all season. He posted season-highs in points (11), assists (4), rebounds (2) and steals (1) in 14 minutes.
The Cats will host the Los Angeles Clippers for the final game of their three-game homestand at 7 p.m. on Jan. 22 at Time Warner Cable Arena. 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.