Jefferson, Bobcats power past Nets in OT, 116-111
- Article by: STEVE REED
- Associated Press
- March 26, 2014 - 9:10 PM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Al Jefferson scored 35 points, Kemba Walker had a double-double and the Charlotte Bobcats defeated the Brooklyn Nets 116-111 in overtime Wednesday night for their 10th victory in the last 12 home games.
Walker had 20 points and 12 assists and Chris Douglas-Roberts added 16 points, including two big jump shots in overtime.
It was Jefferson's 12th 30-point game this season for the Bobcats, who beat the Nets for only the second time in the last 11 meetings.
The win pulled the Bobcats within three games of the Nets, the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. Charlotte (35-37) has the conference's seventh-best record, 1½ games behind sixth-place Washington.
Deron Williams finished with 29 points for Brooklyn, after scoring 18 in the first quarter. Joe Johnson had 18.
Josh McRoberts put the Bobcats ahead for good in overtime when he cut to the basket, caught a pass from Jefferson and pulled off a reverse dunk in traffic.
Williams tied the game at 103-103 with 59 seconds to go in regulation on a driving layup, finding a crease down the middle of the lane and splitting two defenders.
Walker knocked down a 17-foot fadeaway jumper to put Charlotte back on top, but Williams quickly answered with a 20-footer to tie the game again with 26.8 seconds left.
Williams purposely fouled Walker with 7.8 seconds left. The Bobcats called timeout to set up an inbounds play, but the ball slipped out of Walker's hands as time expired and he never got a shot off, sending the game to overtime.
After McRoberts' slam dunk gave the Bobcats a 109-108 lead, Douglas-Roberts and Johnson traded 3-pointers before Walker hit a 19-footer over Williams to push the lead to three.
Shaun Livingston missed a driving layup with 35 seconds left and the Bobcats got the ball.
McRoberts was blocked on the ensuing possession, but Douglas-Roberts tracked down the loose ball and made a 20-footer from the left wing to push the lead to lead to five and seal the victory.
Williams set a career-high with 57 points in this same building against the Bobcats on March 4, 2012.
And early on he looked like he about to rewrite his personal record book.
Despite missing the morning shootaround with an illness, he made seven of his first eight shots, including four 3-pointers to finish with 18 points in the first quarter.
The Bobcats, who have surrendered 62 points to Carmelo Anthony and 61 points to LeBron James this season, seemed intent not to allow that to happen again. They shaded their coverage to Williams in the second quarter and he was limited to only two more points before halftime.
In the meantime, Jefferson was starting to heat up, scoring 22 points in the first half on 9-of-14 shooting, using a variety of low-post moves and jump hooks.
On one play Jefferson faked right, rolled to the baseline on his left and threw a shot over Jason Collins that somehow cleared the side of the backboard and went. He made the ensuing free throw to complete the 3-point play.
NOTES: The Bobcats are 12-7 since the All-Star break. ... Jose Gutierrez was ejected from the game with 6:42 left in the fourth quarter after flagrant two foul against Cody Zeller. After Zeller grabbed an offensive rebound, Gutierrez came down hard with both hands on Zeller's shoulders. ... Grammy Award winner Nelly took in the game from a courtside seat.
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