Al Jefferson logged his fifth double-double in his last six games (18 points, 12 rebounds), but the Cats dropped their second-straight game, 104-99, to the Nets on March 19 in Brooklyn. Gary Neal led an energized second unit, scoring 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting in the loss.
The Cats trailed by as many as 12 in the second quarter, but Chris Douglas-Roberts led the Bobcats back to a 42-40 lead behind his 10 points in the frame. Charlotte didn’t close out the half strong as the Nets ended on an 8-2 run, giving them an eight-point lead at the break. The Cats would continue to fight in the second half behind a strong bench effort, taking an 85-82 lead with 6:12 remaining, but Brooklyn would outscore Charlotte 22-14 from that point, sending the Cats home with the loss.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Brooklyn was able to win this game by having the edge in several shooting categories. The Nets shot 49.3 percent overall and 45.0 percent from three, compared to 47.1 and 33.3 percent for the Cats. Even though Charlotte shot a better percentage from the line (83.3 percent), the Nets shot 23 more free throws (21-of-35)… Charlotte also turned the ball over 15 times, which a veteran Nets team was able to turn into 21 points… The Cats relied heavily on their bench, headlined by Gary Neal, Chris Douglas-Roberts and Cody Zeller who combined for 40 of the 46 bench points… Charlotte was also able to score more second-chance points (14-12), distribute the ball better (27 assists) and outrebound the Nets (51-39)… It is only the Cats second loss this season when collecting 51 or more rebounds.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Al Jefferson clearly was the main focus of the Nets defense, but was still able to come up with a team-high 18 points, 12 rebounds and three assists. It is Jefferson’s 31st double-double this season and 25th in his last 44 games.
NETS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Deron Williams was key for the Nets, making clutch shots when he needed to and holding the Cats off. He finished with a game-high 25 points and eight assists as he shot 8-of-15 from the floor for Brooklyn.
Brooklyn holds a 2-1 advantage over Charlotte this season with one more game to play on March 26 in Charlotte… Gerald Henderson finished with 13 points, marking his fifth-straight game scoring double figures since returning from injury… With 17 points, Gary Neal has finished in double figures in nine of his 11 games with the Bobcats… Cody Zeller continues his improvement as a rookie finishing with 10 points. He now has 11 double-figure games on the season… Chris Douglas-Roberts also had 10 points for the Cats, marking the seventh time he’s notched double figures in his last 10 games… After losing by six, the Cats fall to 14-13 in games decided by six points or less. They are tied with the Portland Trailblazers for the most games decided by that margin with 27.
The Cats will return to host the Portland Trailblazers on March 22 in the first of three-straight games at Time Warner Cable Arena. Listen live on WFNZ 610 am, the official Bobcats App presented by Walgreens or on bobcats.com. The game can also be seen on SportSouth and NBA League Pass.