Al Jefferson scored 32 points and notched 12 rebounds to help the Charlotte Bobcats beat the Detroit Pistons, 108-96. The Bobcats shot really well, finishing 39-75 (52.0%) from the field and 23-37 (62.2%) at the free throw line. Charlotte (24-30) picked up the win after falling to the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday.
Jefferson went 15-28 from the field. Other top performers for Charlotte were Kemba Walker with 22 points and 6 assists, Josh McRoberts with 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Gerald Henderson with 12 points and 7 assists. Despite the loss, Brandon Jennings scored 24 points for Detroit on 7-18 shooting (2-6 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 8-9 from the free throw line. He also registered 7 assists. Greg Monroe chipped in 18 points and 10 rebounds, Andre Drummond finished with 16 points and 22 rebounds, and Josh Smith put up 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Charlotte avoided turning the ball over, even against a Detroit defense that forces the league's fifth-most turnovers (opponents' TO% of 27.3%). The Bobcats finished this game with a TO% of 7.2%, and commit the fewest miscues in the NBA (TO% of 12.4%) thus far this season. The Bobcats combined an eFG% of 56.7% with 41.2% 3-point shooting. They are 5-1 this year when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The Pistons, on the other hand, are 1-8 when allowing opponents to hit those marks.
This defeat means an end to a three-game winning streak for Detroit, pushing their record to 22-31 for the year.
Next up on Wednesday, the Pistons get an opportunity for redemption against Bobcats.