Led by double-doubles from Al Jefferson (35 points, 15 rebounds) and Kemba Walker (20 points, 12 assists), the Cats outlasted the Brooklyn Nets with a 116-111 overtime win on March 26 at Time Warner Cable Arena.
The Cats led 105-103 with 36.5 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, but Deron Williams hit a deep two-point jumper to tie the game at 105. On the other end, Kemba Walker was unable to get up a shot in the final seconds, sending the game to overtime. In OT, the Cats clung to a three-point lead with 34.9 seconds left. In an attempt to extend the lead, Josh McRoberts drove the lane and put up a layup attempt that was swatted away by Mason Plumlee. Chris Douglas-Roberts tracked down the loose ball and nailed the 24-footer in the corner with the shot clock dwindling, sealing the thrilling victory for Charlotte.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
One key to Cats’ success was their control in the post. Led by Al Jefferson, Charlotte outscored Brooklyn’s smaller lineup in the paint, 42-30, outrebounded them, 49-32, and 15 of their offensive rebounds turned into 16 second-chance points… Both teams shot relatively well, but the Cats were slightly better converting on 50.0 percent of their field goals to 48.2 percent for the Nets. Charlotte is now 12-1 this season when they shoot over 50 percent from the field… The Cats didn’t shoot an effective percentage from the free-throw line (69.6 percent), but the Nets committed 25 fouls, sending Charlotte to the line 23 times. The Cats have now attempted more free throws than their opponent in 29 of their 35 victories this season… The Cats continue to succeed when Jefferson and Kemba Walker both top the 20-point mark. Charlotte improved to 12-3 on the season when the duo each scores 20 points or more.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Big Al notched his 33rd double-double this season in a big way, finishing with a game-high 35 points and 15 rebounds. Jefferson has now scored 30 or more points for the 12th time this season.
NETS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Deron Williams came out of the gate hot, scoring 18 points in the first quarter. He would finish the game with a team-high 29 points, seven assists and four boards in 42 minutes.
The Cats have tied the season series with the Nets 2-2 and are now 10-2 in their last 12 games at home…. With 20 points and 12 assists Kemba Walker notched his sixth double-double this season and topped the 20-point plateau for the 28th time... Chris Douglas-Roberts performed admirably off the bench, absorbing minutes from the injured Gary Neal, who did not play with an ankle injury. CDR finished with 16 points, marking his 13th game with 10 or more points this season… With 116 points, Charlotte is now 22-4 when they score 100 points or more, including 13-1 at home… Nets guard Jorge Gutierrez was ejected from the game in the fourth quarter for committing a flagrant-two foul on Cody Zeller.
The Cats will travel south to take on the Magic for the third time this season on Mar. 28 in Orlando. 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.