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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Al Jefferson is happy he didn’t make the All-Star game.
Kemba Walker said it might be a huge blessing for the Charlotte Bobcats that the big man got a few days off to rest his 29-year-old legs for the stretch run, particularly with four games in five nights coming out of the break.
“I’m glad he didn’t make it either,” Walker said with a laugh. “He’s fresh now. And you don’t have to make the All-Star game to be an All-Star. I know he’s a great player and unguardable in the post.”
Jefferson dominated the Pistons for the third time this season Wednesday night, and Walker played his best game since returning from an ankle injury to lead the Bobcats to back-to-back wins over Detroit, 116-98. Jefferson scored 29 points, while Walker had 24 points and a career-high 16 assists.
“We had a bad reputation around this league for a long time, at least since I’ve been here,” Walker said. “Coach (Steve Clifford) has done a great job of changing the culture. We just want to win. We don’t want to be those Bobcats where guys come in here and beat us up every night.”
The 6-foot-10, 289-pound Jefferson, who had 32 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in Tuesday’s 108-96 win at Detroit, went 12 of 20 from the field and grabbed eight rebounds. He has scored at least 20 points in 16 of the last 18 games and barely missed his seventh 30-point game in the last 10 games.
Jefferson said the Bobcats (25-30) are playing their best basketball of the season as they gear up for the stretch run and a shot at the franchise’s second career playoff appearance.
“We have been a top 10 on defense all year,” Jefferson said. “But now our offense is picking up and we’re learning how to play with each other.”
Frustration seems to be setting in for the Pistons, who have lost nine of 14.
Brandon Jennings had 20 points for Detroit before being ejected from the game with 1:13 left after picking up his second technical foul for arguing a call.
Jennings did not speak to the media after the game.
“We definitely have to do a better job as a team of keeping our composure, especially in tough games like this,” teammate Greg Monroe said. “Down the stretch these games mean a lot. You know, keeping a level head and playing hard, as a team is something we’re going to have to do.”
Coach John Loyer said it’s not too late to regroup.
“It’s two games,” Loyer said. “Granted it’s two that we wanted to get, two we needed to get, but we didn’t get them. You move on. You figure out your next plan and you just try to go win the next game.”
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