Al Jefferson scores 35 as Bobcats edge Nets

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Al Jefferson scored 35 points and added 15 rebounds to help the Charlotte Bobcats pull out the close victory against the Brooklyn Nets, 116-111. The Bobcats played an efficient game offensively, shooting 46-92 (50.0%) from the field and turning it over just eight times. Charlotte (35-37) picked up the win after falling to the Houston Rockets on Monday.

Jefferson shot 15-27 and converted 5-7 from the free throw line. Other key performers for Charlotte were Kemba Walker with 20 points and 12 assists, and Josh McRoberts with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Deron Williams had a strong game for Brooklyn despite the loss, putting up 29 points on 11-21 shooting, including 5-11 from behind the arc. He also recorded 7 assists.

In a showdown of statistical strengths, the offense of Charlotte won the turnover battle against the defense of Brooklyn that forces the league's most errors (opponents' TO% of 35.1%). The Bobcats ended this contest with a TO% of 8.3%, and make the fewest mistakes in the league this year (TO% of 12.2%). The Bobcats posted a sterling assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.38. This year, they are 11-4 when they exceed 2.50 in this metric. Conversely, the Nets are winless (0-5) when allowing their opponents to achieve such a stellar ratio.

This drops Brooklyn (37-33) to 2-2 versus Charlotte on the season.

Coming up, the Bobcats battle the Orlando Magic, who are 20-52 on the season. The Nets match up against the Cleveland Cavaliers, currently sitting at 29-44 this year. The Bobcats have a 1-1 record against Orlando this season. The Nets have a 1-1 record against Cleveland this season.

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