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Jefferson helps Bobcats drop Clippers

Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Al Jefferson had 24 points and 10 rebounds as the Charlotte Bobcats defeated the Los Angeles Clippers, 95-91, on Wednesday night.

Josh McRoberts tallied 13 points, eight rebounds and five assists, while Gerald Henderson added 13 points and seven boards for the Bobcats, who have won three of their last four games.

"It was defense. We got stops, we got rebounds when we needed to," Jefferson said.

Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker missed his second straight game due to a left ankle sprain.

Blake Griffin netted 27 points, but just one in the fourth quarter. Jamal Crawford scored 20 points and DeAndre Jordan snatched 20 rebounds for Los Angeles, which fell to 6-3 since losing point guard Chris Paul to a shoulder injury.

"We weren't hitting a lot of shots tonight and Blake saved us for a long time," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "Then they started trapping him."

A Jared Dudley 3-pointer pulled the Clippers within 88-87 with 2:39 to play and after Charlotte's Ramon Sessions split a pair of free throws, Crawford nailed a jumper to tie the tilt at 89-89 with 1:05 left.

The Bobcats, though, netted the next six points to seize control of the contest.

Sessions came up way short on a floater from the paint, but Henderson snatched the miss along the right baseline and dunked the ball on the other side of the basket with 22.5 ticks remaining.

Crawford then missed a layup at the other end and Griffin was unable to get his putback to drop. McRoberts sunk two free throws with 13.9 seconds left and after Griffin missed a layup, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist knocked down two more foul shots to seal the outcome.

The Bobcats held a 26-25 edge after a quarter of play, but the Clippers outscored them 24-22 in the second to take a 49-48 lead into the break.

Neither team led by more than five points in the third and Charlotte headed into the final frame with a 72-70 cushion.

Game Notes

Sessions had 10 points and eight assists ... The Clippers held a 48-38 edge in points in the paint and a 23-10 margin in second-chance points ... Charlotte shot 46.4 percent (39-of-84) from the floor.

01/22 23:18:23 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHR 9
DUR 1
 
Final
MIA 101
CHA 97
Final
ATL 3
MIA 1
Final
CHC 5
ARI 7
Final
COL 10
SFG 12
Final
OAK 0
TEX 3
Final
SEA 5
HOU 3
9th
PIT 2
CIN 5
 
Final
CLE 5
KAN 3
9th
WAS 4
ANA 4
 
Final
TOR 8
BAL 10
 
Final
DET 4
CWS 6
 
9th
TAM 4
MIN 4
 
Final
BOS 5
NYY 1
 
Final
NYM 3
STL 2
 
8th
MIL 5
SDP 2
 
1st
LOS 0
PHI 0
 
Final
MIA 101
CHA 97
4th
SAN 86
DAL 107
 
2nd
HOU 35
POR 30
 
Final
CLB 4
PIT 3
 
3rd
DAL 4
ANA 2
 
1st Intermission
CHI 0
STL 0
 
Final
CHR 9
DUR 1