Al Jefferson dropped his seventh-straight double-double (29 points, 12 rebounds) as the Cats put forth a strong second-half effort to defeat the Philadelphia 76ers, 111-105, on April 12 at Time Warner Cable Arena.
After a disappointing defensive first half that left the Cats trailing 59-56, Charlotte came out with more energy in the third quarter, as Luke Ridnour’s eight points sparked a 14-5 run to give the Cats an 87-78 advantage after three. Charlotte notched its biggest lead of the game (16) in the fourth quarter, but let Philadelphia make a late push, closing their lead to four, but timely free throws and defensive stops helped the Cats seal their 41st victory of the season.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Cats were able to shoot over 50 percent for the second-night in a row (54.2 percent) and shot 36.8 percent from downtown, edging the Sixers who converted on just 44.1 percent from the field and 20.0 percent from three. Charlotte is now 14-2 on the year when they shoot 50.0 percent or better from the field… The Cats were able to get to the free throw line more frequently the Sixers (41-26), but Philadelphia shot a better percentage (69.2 percent) than Charlotte (63.4 percent). The team has now attempted more free throws than their opponent in 34 of their 41 victories this season… A good deal of this game was played in the paint, and the Cats had control on both ends of the floor. Charlotte led paint scoring, 56-52, rebounding, 41-40, and blocked shots, 9-1… The Cats who average the fewest turnovers in the NBA (12.3) gave up 15 (including eight steals) to the Sixers for 20 points. Charlotte also trailed in the hustle categories, as the Sixers had the advantage in second-chance points (22-12) and fastbreak scoring (17-11)… Seven Bobcats finished in double-figures – Al Jefferson (29), Gerald Henderson (14), Chris Douglas-Roberts (12), Luke Ridnour (12), Cody Zeller (12), Gary Neal (10) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (10). Charlotte improves to 8-2 this season, when six or more players post double-figures.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Al Jefferson continues to be Mr. Consistent for the Cats, posting a game-high 29 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and two blocks, which is good for his 40th double-double this season. It is also Jefferson’s seventh-straight double-double, marking the third longest double-double streak in franchise history.
SIXERS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Rookie Michael Carter-Williams played well again against the Cats finishing with a near triple-double of 23 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in the loss.
With the victory, the Cats assure themselves a record of .500 or better for the second time in franchise history. Charlotte also improves to 8-15 this season in the second-game of a back-to-back… Al Jefferson recorded his sixth-straight game with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds, adding to his single-season franchise-record of 28… Luke Ridnour played his best game as a Bobcat in the place of the injured Kemba Walker. He finished 12 points, eight assists and two rebounds… Michael Kidd-Gilchrist finished with double-digits for a second-consecutive night and 14th time this season. He nearly posted his second double-double of the year with 10 points and eight rebounds… Charlotte hit the 100-point plateau for a second-consecutive night, improving their record to 25-6 and 16-1 at home when they do so… Kemba Walker did not play for a second-straight night with sore right groin.
The Cats will head back out on the road to take on the Atlanta Hawks at 7 p.m. on April 14. 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.