Al Jefferson put up his sixth double-double in his last eight games, finishing with 25 points and 10 rebounds as the Cats took care of the 76ers, 123-93, on April 2 in Philadelphia. Anthony Tolliver (16 points) hit four threes to lead a productive Charlotte bench.
The Cats attacked the reeling Sixers from the tip. Charlotte forced the issue in the first quarter by hitting 11 of its first 15 shots, going on 14-3 run and shooting 63.5 percent in the frame. The second quarter would follow the same theme as the Cats tied their second-largest halftime lead in franchise history (25 points), leading 63-38 at the half. The Cats kept their foot on the gas, pushing their largest lead to 35 points in the second half as they easily handed Philadelphia its 59th loss of the season.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Charlotte was able to shoot a better percentage than Philadelphia from every spot on the floor. The Cats shot 53.2 percent overall, 54.5 from downtown, and 77.1 percent from the stripe. Charlotte improves to 13-1 on the season when they shoot over 50 percent from the field… Charlotte was able to win the rebounding battle, 47-32, and limit the Sixers to just 12 total rebounds in the first half, a season-low for Philadelphia… The Cats were able to generate good ball movement against the Sixer defense, assisting on 32 of their 42 made field goals. Jannero Pargo, Anthony Tolliver and Kemba Walker each had a team-high five assists… Charlotte had three players on their bench in double figures – Anthony Tolliver (16), Gary Neal (15) and Chris Douglas-Roberts (14) as they outscored the Sixers bench, 60-36… Philadelphia was able to take advantage of the Cats in the paint, outscoring Charlotte, 46-28. Coming into the game, the Cats allowed 38.6 points per game in the paint, fourth-fewest in the NBA.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
After being named March’s Eastern Conference Player of the Month, Al Jefferson started April right where he left off. With 25 points and 10 rebounds, Jefferson now has 35 double-doubles and 23 games with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds this season.
76ERS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Michael Carter-Williams added to his already impressive rookie campaign, finishing with a team-high 22 points on 10-of-18 shooting, adding seven rebounds and three assists.
The Cats have now defeated an opponent by 30 points or more twice in the last six games. The team has only done so three times in 791 previous games franchise history prior to that. The 30-point margin of victory is the fourth-largest in franchise history… With 123 points, Charlotte topped the 100-pint plateau for the fifth time in their last six games. The Cats improve to 24-5 this season when they score 100 points or more… Cody Zeller made his first career start and posted a near double-double with nine points and eight rebounds. Zeller started for the injured Josh McRoberts, who was held out with a sprained ankle… Al Jefferson was named the NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Month for the month of March. In 16 games played, Jefferson averaged 24.7 points on .555 shooting (178-321), 10.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 37.2 minutes played, while leading the Cats to a 9-7 record.
The Cats return to Time Warner Cable Arena on April 4 to host the Orlando Magic for the final time this season. 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.