Chris Douglas-Roberts capped a bench-led comeback by converting a game-winning floater to send the Cats home with a 95-93 win over the Atlanta Hawks on April 14. Al Jefferson recorded game-highs in points (27) and rebounds (15).
Charlotte trailed by 15 at the end of three quarters, but the Cats, led by their bench, outscored the Hawks, 30-13, in in the fourth quarter and found themselves in a 93-93 tie with 2.6 seconds remaining. After a Bobcats timeout, Al Jefferson set a solid screen for Chris Douglas-Roberts, who received the Josh McRoberts inbound pass at the top of the key. CDR took two dribbles and connected on a six-foot floater as time expired, cementing the comeback victory for the Cats.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Cats only shot 39.0 percent from the field through three quarters, but were able to shoot 57.1 percent in the fourth to finish the game at 43.8 percent, slightly edging the Hawks (43.0 percent)… The key for Charlotte in this game was the play of their bench. Led by newcomers Gary Neal and Luke Ridnour, the Cats bench outscored the Hawks reserves, 48-36… Though Charlotte and Atlanta finished dead-even in paint scoring (36), the Cats gained the edge in rebounding 48-39, including 12 offensive rebounds to also give them the lead in second-chance scoring (10-6)… Charlotte could look at free throw shooting as a reason for almost losing the game. The Cats shot 19-of-31 from the stripe (61.3 percent), while the Hawks connected on 17-of-23 (73.9 percent). Charlotte has now attempted more free throws than their opponent in 35 of their 42 victories this season.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Make it eight-consecutive double-doubles for Al Jefferson and 41 for the season, as he finished with a game-high 27 points and 15 rebounds. Jefferson also extended the franchise-record for most consecutive games with 20 points and 10 rebounds to seven.
HAWKS PLAYER OF THE GAME
With three starters held out due to rest, Mike Scott stepped up for Atlanta, recording a team-high 20 points to go with six rebounds in 34 minutes.
With their 42nd victory of the season, the Cats are assured a record above .500 for the first time since the 2009-10 campaign. Charlotte is 7-1 in its last eight games and 19-9 since the All-Star Break… Al Jefferson recorded his seventh-straight game with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds, adding to his single-season franchise-record of 29… Gary Neal and Luke Ridnour played a huge role in the Cats comeback. Each recorded 10 points in the fourth quarter on a combined 8-of-12 shooting. Neal posted 17 points (15th double-digit game), while Ridnour recorded 10 points for the second-consecutive game… Kemba Walker returned to the starting lineup for Charlotte, posting five points and seven assists in 24 minutes of action… The Cats defense didn’t appear energized through three quarters, but hit its stride in the fourth as it held the Hawks to just 93 points. Charlotte has held its opponents under 100 points in 52 of their 81 games this season, fourth-most in the NBA.
The Cats will return to Time Warner Cable Arena to take on the Chicago Bulls for the final regular season game of the season at 7 p.m. on April 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.