Jefferson, Bobcats extend Bucks’ skid to 11

Created: 11/29/2013 8:05 PM

(AP) CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Al Jefferson posted season highs with 23 points and 12 rebounds, and the Charlotte Bobcats handed the Milwaukee Bucks their 11th straight loss with a 92-76 victory on Friday night.

The dismal Bucks proved to be a perfect cure for the Bobcats’ home woes. Charlotte had lost six of its past seven at home.

Jefferson, who signed a three-year, $41 million free agent contract this offseason, took over in the fourth quarter in the paint, scoring 13 points with three "and-one" opportunities.

Gerald Henderson scored 19 points and Bismack Biyombo had a season-high 14 rebounds. The Bobcats outrebounded the Bucks 54-37 and outscored them 44-26 in the paint.

Brandon Knight scored 17 points for the Bucks (2-13), who have lost seven straight games on the road. O.J. Mayo came in averaging 15.3 points for Milwaukee but was held to 5 points on 2-of-11 shooting.

Charlotte led by 12 entering the fourth quarter before Jefferson began to flex his muscles.

The 6-foot-10, 289-pound center scored Charlotte’s first 11 points of the period to set the tone and the Bucks never challenged again.

Jefferson, who has been bothered by a nagging ankle injury all season, began to show the dominant low-post play the Bobcats had hoped for when they signed him away from the Utah Jazz.

Jefferson finished 11 of 18 from the field.

Charlotte built a 51-41 halftime lead after outscoring the Bucks 26-6 in the paint and shooting 58 percent from the field. Charlotte got some solid production early from its bench, which shot 10 of 12 from the field in the first half and scored 28 points. Biyombo had 12 rebounds and seven points at the break and Ramon Sessions chipped in with 11 points.

Milwaukee got as close as six in the third quarter before the Bobcats went on an 11-1 tear to open a comfortable lead, as Jefferson buried jump shots on three straight possessions.

Biyombo had sat out two of Charlotte’s last four games because of ineffectiveness, but made a difference in the lane.

With Michael Kidd-Gilchrist out with plantar fasciitis in his right foot, Ben Gordon saw his first extensive playing time and scored eight points for Charlotte (8-9).

NOTES: Charlotte Panthers coach Ron Rivera attended the game and sat a few seats down from Bobcats coach Steve Clifford. ... Bucks Larry Sanders, who is out with a thumb injury, was given a technical foul on the bench for arguing a call. ... Milwaukee’s top reserve, Caron Butler, was a game-time scratch after his left knee swelled up in warmups.