Al Jefferson‘s 19 points and seven rebounds led the Charlotte Bobcats to a 96-72 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. Jefferson shot 8 of 15 from the field in his second game back from an ankle injury.
Jefferson resembled the player the Bobcats hope to see this season, when they signed him to a three-year, $40.5 million contract in the offseason. Jefferson had little trouble banging in the paint with Milwaukee’s frontcourt and anchored a Charlotte offense that’s been struggling during the early part of the season.
Milwaukee dropped their eighth consecutive game and have the worst record in the Eastern Conference.
Khris Middleton had a game-high 20 points and was just one of two Milwaukee players who scored in double figures, none of whom are starters. Milwaukee shot just above 35 percent from the field and 28 percent from 3-point range.
Charlotte will host the Boston Celtics Monday, who’ve lost six of their last seven games.
IN THE BONUS
- Jeff Adrien was the first big off the bench and grabbed ten rebounds in 17 minutes. Adrien’s elite rebounding continues to impress. He leads the Bobcats in rebounds per 36 minutes, total rebounding percentage, and offensive rebounding percentage. If Adrien continues to play as he has, it’s hard to see him relinquishing his bench role.
- Bismack Biyombo had three rebounds in five minutes after sitting out Friday’s loss to the Phoenix Suns. With Adrien’s surge, Biyombo’s decreased role looks to be a consistent thing going forward. One has to wonder if the Bobcats would have still exercised Biyombo’s $3.8 million option for next season if there was a realistic chance Clifford wouldn’t play Biyombo. My guess is no.
- Cody Zeller had two points, two blocks and five rebounds in 26 minutes.
- Wisconsin native Caron Butler, who had 38 points in Milwaukee’s loss to Philadelphia Friday, was held to five points on 2 of 8 shooting from the field.
- Brandon Knight returned to Milwaukee’s rotation after missing five games with an injury. Knight was the team’s opening night starter.
- Larry Sanders (thumb) and Carlos Delfino (foot) were both out for Milwaukee.
ABOVE THE RIM
- Dakota Schmidt, Queen City Hoops: Charlotte’s victory against Milwaukee pushed them back to the .500 plateau that they’ve been sitting at since the start of the season. With an upcoming week that features match-ups against Boston, Indiana and then Milwaukee, it appears that Charlotte will be stuck at that area for the foreseeable future which isn’t really that bad.
- Eric Buenning, Brew Hoop: The Bucks shot nine free throws the entire game. That means they barely went to the line once or twice a quarter. For a team that shot 35.3 percent against a surprisingly good Bobcats defense, cheap points have to come from somewhere. I guess that’s why there were only 72 points put up tonight, yeah?
- Nick Whalen, Behind The Buck Pass: Entering Saturday, Milwaukee was the league’s second-worst rebounding team (39.3 per game) and ranked dead last in rebounding differential (-6.8, nearly double the 29th-place Knicks). Well, both of those numbers will sink even lower, as the Bucks were outrebounded 52-36. For anyone scoring at home, that’s a -16 differential. However, if there’s a silver lining in all of this, the Bucks tied their opponent in the offensive rebounding category for the second night in a row. So there’s that.
- Evan Sidery, Rufus on Fire: The Bobcats looked like a well-oiled machine, at times, on both ends of the floor. The offense had some great runs to widen the lead, and the aforementioned defense did its job — like they have done all year thus far.
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