Trans. Mar 14 7:36 ET (Mar 14 7:36 ET ) CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Center Al Jefferson continues to be a beast, and the Charlotte Bobcats' bench is getting stronger and stronger. That was a lethal combination on Friday night as the Bobcats rolled over the Minnesota Timberwolves 105-93 for their third straight win and their fifth in the last six games. Jefferson finished with 25 points and 16 rebounds, marking a franchise-record 20th time this season that he has had at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in a game. The Bobcats' bench, led by guard Gary Neal's 19 points, might have put together its finest collective effort of the season, outscoring the Timberwolves' bench 47-32.
The Scoop:Coach Steve Clifford called it an internal team matter. "Me and coach talked about it and we'll move forward from there," Neal said. It's poor timing with Gerald Henderson healthy and Chris Douglas-Roberts playing well.
Gary Neal returned from a one-game absence on Friday vs. the Wolves, finishing with 19 points, four assists and three 3-pointers on 8-of-10 from the field in 25 minutes.
The Scoop:He was benched on Wednesday for a "mistake" and he turned it around with a great first half. Neal isn't going to be handling the ball much and will really just help space the floor, so he's not much of a pickup even after his best game with his new team.
The Scoop:He had some issues with the the Bucks so there will obviously be some guesses here on what Neal did. There should be more details eventually, but fantasy owners shouldn't be counting on him now that Gerald Henderson is back.
The Charlotte Bobcats are getting used to big nights from Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker. Now, they have Gary Neal to throw into the offensive mix. The newly acquired Neal came off the bench and scored 19 points as the surging Bobcats won their seventh home game in a row, defeating the Denver Nuggets 105-98 on Monday night. Jefferson led all scorers with 26 points and Walker scored 24, but it was Neal's work off the bench that may have made the biggest difference with Gerald Henderson out with a strained right calf muscle.