Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Al Jefferson scored a game-high 29 points
and also pulled down eight rebounds to lead the Charlotte Bobcats to a 116-98
win over the Detroit Pistons, to complete the sweep of a home-and-home set.
Kemba Walker added 24 points and handed out a career-high 16 assists, Josh
McRoberts scored 15 points to go with five rebounds and five assists and
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Gerald Henderson finished with 11 points apiece for
the Bobcats, who moved 2 1/2 games ahead of the Pistons for the eight spot in
the Eastern Conference.
"We're in a great position right now to make playoffs and we want to make it.
There's only one way to get there and that's with focus and working hard and
getting wins," Walker said.
Brandon Jennings scored 20 points, Rodney Stuckey scored 15 and Josh Smith and
Will Bynum chipped in with 14 points apiece for the Pistons, losers in three
Greg Monroe had 13 points and seven rebounds and Andre Drummond, who tied a
career-high with 21 rebounds on Tuesday, was limited to just eight points and
six boards in the setback.
"This (loss) was frustrating, but it's not anything that's affecting the way
we're playing," Monroe said.
The Bobcats led 16-7 5 1/2 minutes into the first quarter and pushed its
spread to double digits, 22-12, following a Cody Zeller jumper.
Jennings knocked down a 3-pointer moments later to make it a seven-point game
and Charlotte owned a 28-21 lead after 12 minutes.
The Bobcats led 38-29 after McRoberts knocked down a jumper at the eight-
minute mark of the second, but a 9-1 run had Detroit within a point with just
over six minutes to go.
Charlotte used an 11-3 run, capped with Jefferson's three-point play, to take
a 50-41 lead and led 53-47 at the break.
Charlotte led by 19, 77-58, following a Walker layup with 3:32 remaining the
third, but Detroit got within 14 after Bynum split a pair of free throws later
in the frame.
The Pistons shaved their deficit to nine points, 89-80, after Stuckey knocked
down a 3-pointer two-minutes into the fourth, but the Bobcats used a 21-8 run
to make it 110-88 with 3:05 to go. Charlotte shot 54.5 percent over that
stretch and was 8-for-9 from the free throw line.
The Bobcats' lead never dipped below 18 the rest of the way.
Charlotte shot 51.2 percent from the field ... Jefferson was 12-for-20 from
the field ... Charlotte outrebounded Detroit 49-31 ... Detroit outscored the
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