Al Jefferson scored 28 points and notched 7 rebounds, while Kemba Walker added 26 points and 6 assists to help the Charlotte Bobcats drub the Portland Trail Blazers, 124-94. The Bobcats shot 49-94 (52.1%) from the field and turned it over on only five possessions. Charlotte (34-36) has now won seven of their last 10 games.
Jefferson finished 13-22 from the field. Gerald Henderson also contributed for Charlotte, finishing with 23 points and 8 rebounds. On 7-19 shooting, including 3-6 from behind the arc, Damian Lillard put up 20 points for Portland in the loss.
From a turnover perspective, this one played out like the numbers predicted. Charlotte, ranked first in the NBA at avoiding miscues (TO% of 12.3%) protected the ball well in this game (5.2%). Likewise, the defense of Portland is still struggling to force turnovers, with their opponents surrendering the second-fewest in the league this season (12.9%). The Bobcats combined an eFG% of 56.4% with 42.1% 3-point shooting. They are 8-1 this year when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The Trail Blazers, on the other hand, are 1-7 when allowing opponents to hit those marks.
This drops Portland (45-25) to 1-1 against Charlotte on the year.
Coming up next, the Bobcats take on the Houston Rockets, who are 46-22 on the year. The Trail Blazers match up against the Miami Heat, currently 47-20 this season. The Bobcats have a 0-1 record against Houston this season. The Trail Blazers have a 0-1 record against Miami this season.