Al Jefferson scored 24 points and brought down a season-high 23 rebounds but the Cats were still edged, 118-116, in overtime on Dec. 28 in Atlanta. Gerald Henderson added 22 points in the loss.
In what has become a bit of a trend for Charlotte as of late, it was again the last minute of regulation that decided this one and gave the Hawks a chance to survive before eventually prevailing in regulation. After Kemba Walker connected on three of four free throws in the final 18.1 seconds of regulation to give the Cats a 101-98 lead, Charlotte appeared to have the game in check. However, Hawks backup center Pero Antic – who was 0-for-6 from the field until this point, including 0-for-4 from long range – hit a running three-pointer off one leg with 3.1 ticks left to force the extra session… Neither team shot well in overtime, but Louis Williams took over the game at the line, where he went 10-for-10 as the Hawks outscored Charlotte, 17-15, and took the victory.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Atlanta’s work at the charity stripe put the game away in overtime. With both teams struggling from the field in the extra session – Charlotte, 5-for-13 (38.5 percent) and Atlanta, 2-for-8 (25.0 percent) – the Hawks were a perfect 12-for-12 at the line, including 10 free throws from Louis Williams. The Bobcats hit on three of their four freebies in OT… This game saw some high scoring performances on both sides. Al Jefferson led the way for the Cats with 24 points and 23 rebounds and was followed by Gerald Henderson with 22 points. Paul Millsap paced the Hawks with a season-high 33 points, while both Louis Williams (28) and Jeff Teague (20) finished with 20-or-more points… Charlotte’s hot shooting from beyond the arc continued as it knocked down 10 three-pointers, led by four from Anthony Tolliver and three from Kemba Walker. Not to be outdone, Atlanta connected on 16 treys, paced by four apiece from Williams and Teague… It was a tightly contested battle throughout with the teams swapping the lead 10 times and tying things up on 10 separate occasions.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Al Jefferson recorded his 11th double-double (24 points, season-high 23 rebounds) of the season and tallied his 18th consecutive double-figure scoring game. Jefferson has recorded double-doubles in five of his last six games and 10 of the last 15 games.
HAWKS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Paul Millsap scored a game- and season-high 33 points to go with 13 rebounds and two blocked shots.
The Bobcats had five players score in double-figures – Al Jefferson (24), Gerald Henderson (22), Kemba Walker (16), Ramon Sessions (15) and Anthony Tolliver (12) – and outscored the Hawks 44-34 in the paint and 12-11 in fast break points. Walker has now scored in double figures in 19 consecutive games and 28 times overall this season… Kyle Korver extended his NBA record by making at least one three-pointer for the 99th consecutive game… Al Horford missed the contest after being diagnosed with a torn pectoral muscle. He is out indefinitely.
The Cats continue their five-game road trip at 9 p.m. on Dec. 30 in Utah as they begin a four-game West Coast swing to start the New Year. Listen live on WFNZ 610am, the official Bobcats app or on bobcats.com. The game can also be seen on SportSouth and NBA League Pass.