Flashback Friday: Big Al Stars at Staples
This week in 2014, Al Jefferson tied a career-high in scoring in a dominant performance to help secure a victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. Big Al scored 40 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter, and snatched 18 rebounds in the 110-100 win for the Charlotte Bobcats.
Throughout the game, Al displayed his versatile offensive skill set, scoring by using his wide array of post moves, his strength on the offensive glass and his silky mid-range jumper.
“I have those moments,” Jefferson said. “They kept running plays for me, and I kept scoring. In the first quarter, they weren’t going down for me, but I just kept staying with it because I knew sooner or later it would start going down for me.”
In the contest, Jefferson set a franchise record with his 11th straight game of 20 or more points, eclipsing the mark set by Jason Richardson in 2007-08.
The Bobcats held a steady lead throughout most of the game, but the Lakers trimmed the lead to eight early in the fourth quarter, but Big Al didn’t allow the lead to shrink any further, scoring Charlotte’s first eight points in the quarter to help fight off a potential comeback.
Los Angeles tried anything they could to stop Jefferson in the paint, but he proved to be too tough of a matchup all night for the Lakers’ frontcourt.
“He’s been doing this to a lot of people,” D’Antoni said. “We tried a little bit of everything. We dug. We tried to play him a little bit straight up, at first. We tried to double-team him.”
Throughout Big Al’s lengthy NBA career, he had many memorable moments. His performance in the Staples Center back in 2014 may rank at the top considering the opponent, the venue and his spectacular performance.