Al Jefferson scored a season-high 22 points to go with 11 rebounds in the first game of a two-game road trip as the Cats headed into TD Garden and earned an 89-83 victory over the Boston Celtics. Charlotte moves to 4-4 overall and increases its record to 4-0 in games decided by six points or less under Head Coach Steve Clifford.
After finishing the first quarter with a six-point lead (27-21), the Cats came out strong in the second and opened the quarter with a 12-2 run to increase the lead to 16 points. Charlotte’s reserves keyed the run, led by six points apiece from Jeffery Taylor and Cody Zeller in the frame. Although the Celtics would challenge, Charlotte’s lead held up the rest of the game on the Cats way to a road victory.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Tonight saw nine players get minutes, with five Cats registering double-digit scoring – Al Jefferson, 22; Anthony Tolliver, 11; Gerald Henderson, 13; Jeff Taylor, 12; and Ramon Session, 10… With Josh McRoberts away from the team for personal reasons, Anthony Tolliver got his first start and made the most of it, scoring 11 points while going 3-for-6 from beyond the arc… The bench played big once again behind the play of Ramon Sessions (10 points, no turnovers), who continues to impress with his ability to lead the team on the floor while Kemba Walker gets much deserved rest, as well as his ability to get to the foul line, where he finished the night 6-for-7… Jeffery Taylor turned in another solid performance with his 12-points highlighted by several dunks, including a reverse slam off a dish from Sessions with two Celtics hanging all over him in the second quarter… Rookie Cody Zeller chipped in eight points and nine boards.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
With his first double-double as a member of the Cats, Al Jefferson continues to impress as he works his way back into shape after the ankle injury that sidelined him for most of the preseason and five games in the regular season. In 32:59 minutes, Jefferson had 22 points to lead all scorers and added 11 rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Jefferson went 8-for-17 from the floor and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe.
CELTICS PLAYER OF THE GAME
In 31:58 minutes tonight, Jeff Green led all Celtics with 19 points on 7-for-13 shooting.
The Cats once again started fast, taking a 22-12 advantage early in the first quarter. It was a lead the Cats would never relinquish… Another major factor in the victory tonight was Charlotte’s efficiency from the foul line. The Cats were able to get to the line for 30 attempts and knocked down 26 of them for a mark of 86.7 percent from the stripe… Another huge upside for the Cats was the edge on the glass. Charlotte outrebounded the home team, 50-45, with none more important then number 11 for Al Jefferson to seal the fourth victory for Steve Clifford and his team by six points or less. The win pushes the Cats back to .500 with a record of 4-4, while the Celtics fall to 4-5. Charlotte’s victory put an end Boston’s four-game winning streak.
Charlotte heads out to take on the Cavaliers at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 15 in Cleveland. Charlotte won the last meeting, 90-84. 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.