Al Jefferson scored 35 points and added 11 rebounds to lead the Charlotte Bobcats to a close victory over the Denver Nuggets, 101-98. Charlotte (20-27) picked up the win after falling to Chicago Bulls on Saturday.
Jefferson went 13-24 and converted 9-12 from the free throw line. Other top contributors for Charlotte included Ramon Sessions with 16 points and 7 assists, and Gerald Henderson with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Randy Foye had a strong game for Denver despite the loss, scoring 33 points on 12-21 shooting (3-9 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 6-7 from the free throw line. He also recorded 7 assists. Evan Fournier chipped in 19 points and 6 assists and Timofey Mozgov finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds.
The Nuggets paired an eFG% of 43.5% alongside a substandard FTA rate of 13.0. They are winless (0-2) when they drop below 45% and 20.0 in those respective offensive factors this season. The Bobcats, on the other hand, are undefeated (3-0) when holding their opponents under those marks.
Coming up, the Bobcats battle the Los Angeles Lakers, who are 16-30 on the season. The Nuggets match up against the Toronto Raptors, currently sitting at 24-21 this year. The Bobcats have a 0-1 record against Los Angeles this season. The Nuggets are 1-0 versus Toronto this season.