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Jefferson leads Charlotte past Detroit

Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Al Jefferson scored a game-high 29 points and also pulled down eight rebounds to lead the Charlotte Bobcats to a 116-98 win over the Detroit Pistons, to complete the sweep of a home-and-home set.

Kemba Walker added 24 points and handed out a career-high 16 assists, Josh McRoberts scored 15 points to go with five rebounds and five assists and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Gerald Henderson finished with 11 points apiece for the Bobcats, who moved 2 1/2 games ahead of the Pistons for the eight spot in the Eastern Conference.

"We're in a great position right now to make playoffs and we want to make it. There's only one way to get there and that's with focus and working hard and getting wins," Walker said.

Brandon Jennings scored 20 points, Rodney Stuckey scored 15 and Josh Smith and Will Bynum chipped in with 14 points apiece for the Pistons, losers in three straight.

Greg Monroe had 13 points and seven rebounds and Andre Drummond, who tied a career-high with 21 rebounds on Tuesday, was limited to just eight points and six boards in the setback.

"This (loss) was frustrating, but it's not anything that's affecting the way we're playing," Monroe said.

The Bobcats led 16-7 5 1/2 minutes into the first quarter and pushed its spread to double digits, 22-12, following a Cody Zeller jumper.

Jennings knocked down a 3-pointer moments later to make it a seven-point game and Charlotte owned a 28-21 lead after 12 minutes.

The Bobcats led 38-29 after McRoberts knocked down a jumper at the eight- minute mark of the second, but a 9-1 run had Detroit within a point with just over six minutes to go.

Charlotte used an 11-3 run, capped with Jefferson's three-point play, to take a 50-41 lead and led 53-47 at the break.

Charlotte led by 19, 77-58, following a Walker layup with 3:32 remaining the third, but Detroit got within 14 after Bynum split a pair of free throws later in the frame.

The Pistons shaved their deficit to nine points, 89-80, after Stuckey knocked down a 3-pointer two-minutes into the fourth, but the Bobcats used a 21-8 run to make it 110-88 with 3:05 to go. Charlotte shot 54.5 percent over that stretch and was 8-for-9 from the free throw line.

The Bobcats' lead never dipped below 18 the rest of the way.

Game Notes

Charlotte shot 51.2 percent from the field ... Jefferson was 12-for-20 from the field ... Charlotte outrebounded Detroit 49-31 ... Detroit outscored the Bobcats 48-38.

02/20 00:06:02 ET

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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
NOR 0
DUR 3
 
Final
CHC 1
CIN 4
Final
PIT 3
MIL 5
Final
WAS 3
STL 1
Final
CLE 2
TOR 3
 
9th
DET 6
ANA 11
 
Final
NYM 0
ATL 6
9th
BOS 4
BAL 8
 
8th
TAM 6
NYY 5
 
Final
MIA 8
SEA 4
 
8th
TEX 12
CWS 0
 
8th
KAN 5
MIN 0
 
6th
COL 8
PHI 1
 
1st
OAK 0
HOU 0
 
1st
LOS 0
ARI 0
 
2nd
SDP 1
SFG 0
 
Final
TAM 1
MON 4
Final
BOS 0
DET 1
1st
ANA 0
DAL 0
 
Final
NOR 0
DUR 3