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Charlotte Bobcats: Al Jefferson’s 20-20 Performance Overlooked In Loss

Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

Though Al Jefferson had a ridiculous stat line, Paul Millsap came up in the clutch for the Atlanta Hawks as the team rose to victory with a 118-116 win over the Charlotte Bobcats in overtime.

The Hawks were shocked by the untimely injury of Al Horford and proved tonight against the Bobcats that they have players who can come up big without arguably the team’s best player. Millsap proved to the city of Atlanta that the franchise is still hungry for success. Millsap added 33 points as well as 12 boards to top Jefferson and the fifth-seed Bobcats.

As for Charlotte, yet another close loss hurts, but they finally can feel extremely proud of a man they spent loads of money on this offseason: Al Jefferson.

Jefferson, who scored 24 points and grabbed 23 rebounds, was beyond exceptional tonight as he had his first 20-20 game in just about a year’s time. Big Al was dominant and so effective that he could have single-handedly won this game for Charlotte. Sadly, the Cats came up just short again as the final minute of overtime led to the team’s third loss in a row.

The Bobcats once again were denied a win that looked like they should have owned. Lately, it seems as though Charlotte either straight up blows late leads or gets unlucky when the games near their ends. For Bobcats fans, it will be a night to forget as the team lost its third straight and lost yet another winnable game.

The Bobcats’ next game is Monday at 9 p.m. ET against Gordon Hayward and the Utah Jazz in Energy Solutions Arena. This will be Al Jefferson’s first meeting with his former team since being acquired by Charlotte over the offseason.

Daniel Carney covers the Charlotte Bobcats for rantsports.com. You can follow him on Twitter @dan_jcarney, subscribe to him on YouTube where he talks sports, and add him on Google+.