After a hard-fought battle, the Cats could not prevail as they fell, 99-94, to the Pacers on Dec. 13 in Indiana. Al Jefferson finished with 21 points and nine rebounds, while Kemba Walker and Ramon Sessions chipped in 13 points apiece.
A 15-foot jump shot by Gerlad Henderson with 5:17 left in the fourth quarter gave the Cats an 89-90 lead, but the Pacers were too much down the stretch. Led behind four points from David West, the Pacers outscored the Cats, 20-18, in the final stanza.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Both teams shot well from the floor on 47 percent shooting. Indiana outrebounded the Cats, 44-38, but Charlotte held the advantage in the paint, 40-38. The Bobcats, who like to score in transition, only had seven fast-break points to the Pacers five. The Cats did do a good job of converting second-chance points, where they outscored the Pacers, 18-13. The difference in the game was the number of free-throw attempts; the Bobcats only converted 12-of-17 free-throw attempts, while the Pacers converted 19-of-25 free-throws. Charlotte finished with four players in double digit scoring - Al Jefferson (21), Kemba Walker (13), Ramon Sessions (13) and Gerald Henderson (10).
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Al Jefferson scored a team-high 21 points on 50 percent (9-for-18) shooting. He also added nine rebounds and two assists. Jefferson has scored in double figures in nine straight games.
PACERS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Lance Stephenson led the way for the Pacers with 20 points on 64 percent (9-for-14) shooting. He added 11 rebounds and seven assists on 64 percent shooting.
After holding the Pacers to 99 points, Charlotte has held its opponents under 100 points for the 18th time, the most in the NBA this season. The Bobcats are averaging 27.3 free-throw attempts per game and have attempted more free-throws then their opponent in 16-of-22 contests. In all 10 of the Bobcats victories, they have attempted more free throws than their opponents and are 10-6 when attempting more free throws. The Bobcats have out rebounded their opponents nine times this season and have had more offensive rebounds in 14-of-22 contests so far. The Bobcats have grabbed 35 more offensive rebounds then their opponents this season (245-210) and currently average 9.6 offensive rebounds, ranking 13th in the NBA. With 10 points, Gerald Henderson scored in double figures for the 14th consecutive game.
Charlotte returns home play the Los Angeles Lakers at 7 p.m. on Dec 14. at Time Warner Cable Arena. Listen live on the Bobcats App. WFNZ 610 am or Bobcats.com. The game can also be seen on FoxSportSouth and NBA League Pass.