Al Jefferson scored 25 points and hauled down 16 rebounds to set the franchise record for 20-point, 10-rebound games with 20, as the Cats defeated Minnesota, 105-93, on March 14 for their eighth-straight win at Time Warner Cable Arena. Gary Neal led a solid bench effort with 19 points in the win for Charlotte.
The Cats and Wolves were almost identical from a scoring standpoint in the first quarter, as each shot 57 percent from the field and scored 33 points. However, the Cats began to open their lead up as they started the second quarter on a 9-4 run. Gary Neal scored 11 of his 19 points in the quarter, as the Cats led at the half, 65-53. Charlotte would reach its highest lead of the game (18) in the second half, and would never see it dip below double digits as they secured the easy victory.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Cats dominated the box score in a variety of key areas. Balanced scoring was a major factor in the win, as six Cats finished in double figures – Al Jefferson (25), Gary Neal (19), Chris Douglas-Roberts (10), Gerald Henderson (10), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (10) and Cody Zeller (10). The Cats are 7-2 this season when six or more players score in double figures… Charlotte shot 48.4 percent from the field and 42.1 percent from three, compared to just 42.7 and 40.0 percent for Minnesota… The Cats handled the one the league’s best post players, Kevin Love, on both ends of the floor as they outrebounded the Wolves, 54-35, outscored them in the paint, 46-38, led them in second chance points, 20-6, and blocked four more shots, 6-2… Charlotte was once again able to show the ability to play at a higher tempo, leading Minnesota in fastbreak points, 17-10… The Cats bench had a strong showing, racking up 47 points to the Wolves 32.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Along with setting a franchise record for 20-point, 10-rebound games, Al Jefferson also recorded his third-consecutive double-double and 29th of the season, finishing with a game-high 25 points and 16 rebounds in 38 minutes of action.
TIMBERWOLVES PLAYER OF THE GAME
The Cats held Kevin Love in check as he did not score in the second half. However, he was still able to manage 18 points, six rebounds and five assists in the loss. Love was averaging 26.5 points, 13.1 rebounds and 4.2 assists coming into the game.
The Cats are currently riding their second-longest home winning streak at eight games. The franchise-record is nine games, set from December 22, 2009-January 20, 2010… Charlotte tied a season high with 65 first-half points. They also reached that total on Jan. 4 at Sacramento… After being held out against Washington for an internal team matter, Gary Neal returned to the floor and tied his Bobcats season-high with 19 points. Neal has now reached double-figures in seven of his eight games with the team… Charlotte’s 19-rebound advantage over Minnesota is their largest margin in a game this season… The Cats are now 19-4 when they score 100 or more points at home, including 11-1 at home… Wolves Center Nikola Pekovic left in the third quarter with a right ankle injury, he did not return.
The Cats head north to Milwaukee to take on the Bucks for a Sunday matinee matchup at 1 p.m. on Mar. 16. 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.