Al Jefferson put up 40 points and added 18 rebounds to help the Charlotte Bobcats beat the Los Angeles Lakers, 110-100. The Bobcats shot 46-88 (52.3%) from the field and turned it over on only nine possessions. This is the second win in as many games for Charlotte (21-27) after beating Denver on Wednesday.
Jefferson went 18-32 and converted 4-6 from the free throw line. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist contributed 10 points and 8 rebounds for Charlotte as well. On 9-17 shooting from the field and 6-6 from the free throw line, Pau Gasol put up 24 points for Los Angeles in the loss. He also registered 9 rebounds. Ryan Kelly added 13 points and 6 rebounds and Kendall Marshall finished with 10 points and 12 assists.
From a turnover perspective, this one played out like the numbers predicted. Charlotte, ranked first in the NBA at avoiding miscues (TO% of 12.6%) protected the ball well in this game (8.8%). Likewise, the defense of Los Angeles is still struggling to force turnovers, with their opponents surrendering the fifth-fewest in the league this season (15.0%). The Bobcats posted a sterling assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.11. This year, they are 6-2 when they exceed 2.50 in this metric. Conversely, the Lakers are 2-10 when allowing their opponents to achieve such a stellar ratio.
Los Angeles (16-31) has now dropped their last six straight games.
Coming up, the Bobcats play the Phoenix Suns, who are 28-18 on the season. The Lakers match up with the Minnesota Timberwolves, currently sitting at 23-23 this year. The Bobcats have a 0-1 record against Phoenix this season. The Lakers have a 1-1 record against Minnesota this season.