Al Jefferson recorded his second-straight double-double (22 points, 14 rebounds) but the Cats couldn’t upend the defending champs in a 104-96 loss to the Miami Heat in overtime on Jan. 18 at Time Warner Cable Arena. Ramon Sessions added 16 points and five assists in 36 minutes off the bench.
Tied at 90 in the fourth quarter, Ramon Sessions came up short from the right wing with 21.9 seconds left in an attempt to give the Cats the lead. LeBron James missed an 18-foot jumper on the other end to win the game as time expired. In the early seconds of overtime, Chris Bosh’s 16-footer from the right baseline put the Heat in the lead. The Cats got within one point twice, but consecutive James layups and costly Bobcat turnovers down the stretch put Charlotte away for good.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Charlotte recorded a season-high with 31 assists, the team is now 5-2 when they dish out 25+ assists…The Cats saw five players score double figures – Al Jefferson (22), Ramon Sessions (19), Gerald Henderson (11), Anthony Tolliver (11) and Josh McRoberts (10)… Charlotte allowed the Heat to shoot 49.4 percent (39-for-79) from the field, while the Cats shot 48.0 percent (36-for-75) … Charlotte was more efficient from long-range, connecting on 41.2 percent, while Miami shot 33.3 percent from three…Both teams looked to impose their will inside; however, the Cats outscored the Heat in the paint, 48-44… The Bobcats also held the advantage inside defensively blocking six shots to Miami’s four… Charlotte led Miami in free throw attempts, 23-21. They have attempted more free throw attempts than their opponent in 28 times in 42 contests… The Cats got a major contribution from their bench, outscoring the Heat, 42-24.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Al Jefferson led the Cats in scoring for the second-straight game finishing with 22 points, 14 rebounds and three assists. It is Jefferson’s 16th double-double and 12th game this season scoring 20 points or more.
HEAT PLAYER OF THE GAME
LeBron James put forth an MVP-like showing, scoring a game-high 34 points. James also pulled down eight rebounds and added six assists in 44 minutes of play.
The Cats have now lost 15 straight games to the Heat and for the third time this season…Charlotte is now 3-9 in the second of back-to-back games this season…Kemba Walker left in the third quarter with a left ankle sprain, x-rays were negative and he did not return… Time Warner Cable Arena saw a sellout crowd of 19,631, the largest for a Bobcats game in the history of the arena… Al Jefferson finished in double figures for the 27th time in his last 29 games… Jefferson has posted 10 double-doubles in his last 17 games and 16 in his last 26 contests…Dwayne Wade (rest) and Chris Andersen (right knee contusion) did not play for the Heat… The Bobcats are now 2-2 this season when they play in overtime… Three Charlotte players reached season-highs in minutes - Jefferson (42), Henderson (40), and Sessions (36).
The Cats will continue their homestand against the Toronto Raptors with an early Martin Luther King Day start time, 2:00 p.m. Jan. 20 at Time Warner Cable Arena. 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.