Soaking his feet in a tub of ice in a happy locker room, Al Jefferson was smiling for two reasons Saturday evening. The veteran forward came up big in the fourth quarter to preserve a Charlotte Bobcats victory and had done it on his 29th birthday. Kemba Walker scored 30 points and Jefferson had a season-high 27 points and nine rebounds, and the Bobcats snapped a season-high five-game losing streak with a 113-103 victory over the Sacramento Kings. Jefferson was the go-to guy for Charlotte in the fourth quarter, making 4 of 5 shots, scoring 10 points, and adding four rebounds and a block. "It was very important to get this win, but even better because it was my birthday," said Jefferson, who came to Charlotte as a free agent this summer. "I'm 2-0 in my last two birthdays." The Bobcats had lost their previous two games by a combined 57 points, but took the lead for good with 17 unanswered points in the second quarter. The win helped ease the pain of a 1-4 road trip that started with an overtime loss to Atlanta and three-point defeat in Utah. Against the Kings, Charlotte tied a season-high with 45 made field goals and shot a season-best 54 percent. The Bobcats hit 9 of 15 3-pointers.
Walker, Jefferson lead Bobcats over Kings 113-103
Charlotte Observer | Jan 5