AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Al Jefferson found a groove just in time for the Charlotte Bobcats.
Jefferson scored 15 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, and the Bobcats overtook the Detroit Pistons for a 116-106 victory Friday night. Charlotte trailed by 20 in the second quarter and by 14 heading into the fourth.
I don’t know what was going on in the first half, Jefferson said. It just got to a point where I’d had enough. I just had to go out there and do what I can do.
Kemba Walker scored 34 points for Charlotte and Gerald Henderson added 22, but the fourth quarter belonged to Jefferson. With Detroit up 99-94, the 6-foot-10 center scored six straight points for the game’s first and only lead change.
Then Walker added a 3-pointer from in front of the Detroit bench to make it 103-99. Jefferson scored Charlotte’s next seven points on a jumper, a three-point play and a 20-footer that made it 110-102.
Brandon Jennings had 26 points for Detroit, which rallied from a 21-point deficit to beat Boston on Wednesday but blew a big lead two nights later.
When Al gets into that kind of rhythm, with his offensive game, I’m not sure anyone is going to stop him, Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks said. We really struggled with their dribble penetration. That had been getting better, but they were able to get their guards to the basket too easily. After that, they just started going to Jefferson in the post and steamrolled us.
HEAT 122, KINGS 103: In Miami, Chris Bosh scored 25 points and Dwyane Wade added 20 as Miami put up a season high for points.
LeBron James had 18 points, eight assists and six rebounds while sitting out the fourth quarter for Miami, which has won four straight overall and 18 of its last 19 against the Kings.
HAWKS 118, JAZZ 85: In Atlanta, Lou Williams scored 25 points and Atlanta continued its offensive upswing.
The Hawks never trailed and pushed their lead to double digits for good in the opening period.
76ERS 121, NETS 120, OT: In Philadelphia, Evan Turner hit the winning basket at the buzzer and scored 29 points to lead Philadelphia.
Paul Pierce hit a 3-pointer with 16.9 seconds left in OT to give the Nets the short-lived lead.
Turner drove past a pair of defenders and tossed up the last-gasp shot. The ball bounced three times around the rim before it dropped through the net. After a brief review, the bucket stood, Turner was mobbed by his teammates and the Sixers snapped a seven-game losing streak.
CAVALIERS 114, BUCKS 111, OT: In Cleveland, Kyrie Irving made four free throws in the final 21.5 seconds of overtime and finished with 39 points while battling a flu bug to lead Cleveland.
Irving played despite being ill the past two days and missing practice Thursday. Although he wasn’t at his best, the All-Star guard played 43 minutes and carried the Cavs to their fifth win in six home games.
RAPTORS 109, MAVERICKS 108, OT: In Dallas, DeMar DeRozan scored 15 points, including the go-ahead basket on a wild shot while getting fouled in the final minute of overtime, to lift Toronto.
Kyle Lowry led four Toronto players in double figures with 20.
SUNS 103, NUGGETS 99: In Denver, Markieff Morris scored 25 points and Gerald Green added 19 to lead e Phoenix.
Goran Dragic contributed 17 points, including two big layups down the stretch, as the Suns won for the sixth time in seven games.