The Charlotte Bobcats took their time but came back late in the fourth quarter Friday night on the back of Al Jefferson to top the Detroit Pistons 116-106. Jefferson scored 15 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter to help lead the Bobcats back from a 20 point deficit in the first half.
Kemba Walker scored 34 points and Gerald Henderson added 22. Behind the Bobcats high scoring trio, the team was able to slowly creep back into the game and steal a victory from the Pistons on the road. The Bobcats outscored the Pistons 41-17 in the fourt hquarter.
Trailing by five, Jefferson scored six straight points to give the Bobcats a 100-99 lead. Walker hit a big 3-pointer to give the team a four point lead. Jefferson continued his offensive outburst, by scoring the next seven points. to give the Bobcats a 110-102 with little time left on the clock.
Jefferson showed his value last night, giving Bobcats fans further proof that signing the 6-10 big was a great move for the team. Now that he’s healthy, Jefferson is showing the ability to grab a lot of rebounds and score at will in the low post.
“When Al [Jefferson] gets into that kind of rhythm, with his offensive game, I’m not sure anyone is going to stop him,” said Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks after the game.
The Bobcats won despite losing starting forward Jeff Taylor to an achilles injury early in the first quarter. Taylor stepped into the starting lineup recently in place of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who is sidelined with a fractured left hand.
Taylor did not return to the game and an update on his injury is expected before Saturday’s home game against the Utah Jazz. Anthony Tolliver replaced Taylor in the starting unit and Chris Douglas-Roberts played 16 minutes off the bench.
Despite injuries, the Bobcats are meshing well and starting to look like a well rounded team. The Bobcats are now looking at their first three game winning streak of the season and have a good opportunity to make it four against Utah.