20-point games from Al Jefferson (26) and Kemba Walker (24) powered the Cats to their seventh-consecutive home win as they defeated the Denver Nuggets, 105-98, on March 10 at Time Warner Cable Arena. Gary Neal had his best game as a Bobcat, finishing with 19 points and four rebounds off the bench for Charlotte.
After a sloppy start for both teams that featured eight turnovers in the first quarter, the Cats eventually grabbed a 17-15 lead and wouldn’t trail the rest of the way. However, the Nuggets did hang around. After trailing by as many as 14 in the third, Denver would close the deficit to as little as five twice in the fourth quarter, but too much Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker down the stretch for the Cats put the Nuggets away for good.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Cats featured a balanced scoring attack from the four players in double figures – Al Jefferson (26), Kemba Walker (24), Gary Neal (19) and Josh McRoberts (15)… Neither team shot particularly well from the field overall (45.7 percent for Charlotte, 43.4 for Denver), but it was the Cats’ advantage in the other shooting percentages that were the key in this one. Charlotte made 8 of 20 treys (40 percent) and got to the stripe 28 times, converting 23 (82.1 percent). These totals bested Denver, who shot just 20.8 percent from three and 67.7 percent from the foul line (21-for-31)… The Cats were able to convert from three and the stripe with help from some good ball movement. Charlotte was able to tally 21 assists on the Nuggets, who only had 16… Led by Al Jefferson (three) the Cats showed active hands on defense as eight of the 15 turnovers forced by Charlotte were steals.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
With a game-high 26 points and 13 rebounds, Al Jefferson posted his 27th double-double of the season and his 18th game this season with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds.
NUGGETS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Ty Lawson, who missed the first meeting between these two teams, made his presence known, finishing with a team-high 24 points on 9-for-19 shooting and six assists for the Nuggets in 40 minutes of play.
The Cats have tied their second-longest home winning streak in franchise history at seven games. They are two shy of the longest win streak, which is nine games (Dec. 22, 2009-Jan. 20, 2010)… With the win, the Cats swept the season series, 2-0, against the Nuggets, for the first time in franchise history… Gary Neal went 7-for-9 from the field, including a perfect 3-for-3 from downtown, finishing with 19 points. Neal has scored in double-figures in six of his seven games played with the Cats… The Bobcats are now 9-2 this season when Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson score 20 or more points in the same game… Charlotte improved to 10-1 at home when they score 100 or more points and 18-4 overall… After holding the Nuggets to 95 points, the Cats have now held their opponent under 100 points in 41 of their 64 games this season, third-most in the NBA.
The Cats will travel up the coast to take on the Wizards on March 12 in Washington D.C. 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.