Al Jefferson recorded his third-straight double-double with 19 points and 12 boards, but the Bobcats could not close the game out in an 89-82 loss to the Mavericks on December 3 in Dallas. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist fractured his left hand against the Mavs and will be re-evaluated in Charlotte on Wednesday.
Dallas had an early 11-point lead in the first quarter, but Charlotte battled back in the second, outscoring the Mavs, 24-17 to take a 42-39 lead at halftime… Charlotte managed to maintain the lead in the second half before a hot Dirk Nowitzki took control in the fourth. Nowitzzki entered the fourth quarter shooting 28 percent (4-for-14), but scored 14 points on 6-for-7 shooting in the fourth as the Mavericks outscored the Cats, 29-15, in the final stanza.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Charlotte got off to a slow start from the field for the second straight night in first quarter, going 3-for-15 (20 percent) compared to the Mavericks 8-for-25 (32 percent)… Sparked behind an 11-0 run, Charlotte finished the second half on 45 percent (11-for-24) shooting and held Dallas to 29 percent (5-for-17)… Charlotte defended well, holding the Mavericks to 34 percent (22-for-63) from the field and Dirk Nowitzki to 28 percent (4-for-14) shooting through the first three quarters… The story of the game came in the fourth as Charlotte struggled on 31 percent (5-for-16) shooting compared to Dallas’ 11-for-19 (57 percent)… Charlotte held the advantage in the paint, outscoring Dallas, 38-30… The Cats also won the battle on the boards with 50 rebounds to the Mavericks 45… Charlotte finished with four players in double-figure scoring – Al Jefferson (19), Gerald Henderson (16), Kemba Walker (16) and Josh McRoberts (10).
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Al Jefferson finished with his third straight double-double of the season with 19 points and 12 boards on 60 percent (6-for10) shooting. Jefferson scored in double figures for the sixth-straight game.
MAVERICKS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Dirk Nowitzki led the way for Dallas with 25 points on 47 percent (10-for-21) shooting. He also added three rebounds, one assist and one block in 35 minutes of play.
With 19 points, Al Jefferson becomes the first Bobcats player with three-straight double-doubles since Gerald Wallace did so on Feb. 4-7, 2011. With six-straight games scoring in double figures, Jefferson is averaging 17.6 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks during the stretch… Gerald Henderson scored in double figures for the 10th-consecutive game and 17th time this season. Over the last 14 games, Henderson is averaging 15.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists, while shooting .408 from the field (83-for-203) and .810 from the free-throw line (60-for-74). Those numbers are up from the first three games of the season, when he averaged 9.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists, while shooting .278 from the field (10-for-36) and .727 from the free-throw line (8-for-11)… Charlotte continues its strong play in the paint, averaging 41.1 points there over the last seven games and outscoring their opponents, 396-327, or by an average of 9.9 points. During the season’s previous 11 games, the Bobcats averaged 37.1 points and outscored their opponents by an average of just 1.6.
Charlotte heads back home to host the Philadelphia 76ers at 7 p.m. on Dec. 6 at Time Warner Cable Arena. Join the chat via bobcats.com or listen live on WFNZ 610am or bobcats.com. The game can also be seen on FoxSportSouth and NBA League Pass.