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Monday, March 10th
(All times Eastern)
Denver Nuggets (27-35) at Charlotte Bobcats (29-34), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - Al Jefferson and the Charlotte Bobcats aim to get on
track when they return home Monday to host the Denver Nuggets.
The Bobcats were in Memphis Saturday night and dropped a 111-89 decision to
the Grizzlies, as they shot a poor 39.8 percent and struggled from 3-point
range to the tune of 5-for-21.
Jefferson was cooled off with 17 points and was averaging 27.2 points in nine
games prior. Chris Douglas-Roberts (15), Kemba Walker (11) and Anthony
Tolliver (10) rounded out the double-digit scorers for Charlotte, losers in
four of six games since a four-game win streak.
"Tonight was five (games) in seven (days)," said Bobcats head coach Steve
Clifford. "Obviously it's been a tough week."
Charlotte is currently seventh in the Eastern Conference and has been playing
well at home with a 17-14 record. The Bobcats have won six in a row at home,
the longest streak as the host since a seven-game run from March 5-26, 2010.
Jefferson, the only player in the East averaging 21.2 points and 10.3
rebounds, is posting an average of 26.7 points at home this season. Walker is
averaging 19.0 ppg and 10.2 assists at Time Warner Cable Arena.
In injury news, Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson (calf) has missed four straight
games and is questionable Monday. He is scoring 14.6 ppg.
Denver fell back into the loss column with Sunday's 111-107 overtime defeat to
the New Orleans Pelicans Sunday in the first of five straight road games.
The Nuggets squandered a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter and Anthony
Morrow hit a game-tying jump shot for New Orleans to send the game into
overtime. Pelicans All-Star center Anthony Davis had a big night with 32
points, 17 rebounds and six blocks, and swatted a Ty Lawson layup attempt late
Kenneth Faried led the Nuggets with 22 points and 14 rebounds, while Lawson
added 15 points and 12 assists. Aaron Brooks had 15 points and Wilson
chipped in 14 for the Nuggets, who had a two-game win streak stopped and lost
for the 12th time in the last 15 tries.
"We let them get back in the game. It's something about us and this team this
year, we don't have that killer instinct quite yet," Faried said.
Denver is 11-19 on the road and will also visit Orlando, Miami and Atlanta. It
has lost three in a row away from the Pepsi Center and sits nine games off a
playoff spot in the West.
The Nuggets are 28th in opponents' scoring at 105.6 ppg and have allowed 100
or more points in each of the last four contests.
Charlotte defeated Denver 101-98 in the Mile High City on Jan. 29 and was led
by Jefferson's 35 points and 11 rebounds. Randy Foye scored 33 points in that
one for the Nuggets, who had a four-game win streak in the series halted.
03/10 10:23:45 ET