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"I didn’t have a big night," Jefferson said. " … [But] that’s the game that always stands out to me."

This season, Jefferson, who will be 29 on Jan. 4, has helped Charlotte gain long-missing credibility. The Bobcats are 13-17 and look like a playoff team in the weak Eastern Conference.

At a glance

Jazz vs. Charlotte

At EnergySolutions Arena

Tip-off » 7 p.m.

TV » Root Sports

Radio » 1280-AM, 1600-AM, 97.5-FM

Records » Jazz, 9-24; Bobcats, 14-17

Season series » Jazz, 1-0

Last meeting » Jazz, 88-85 (Dec. 21)

About the Jazz » They are 5-5 in their last 10 games. ... They play nine of their next 13 games at home. ... They come off a 98-90 loss to the Clippers in L.A. ... G/F Gordon Hayward averages a team-high 16.4 points. ... In the last two games, Enes Kanter has scored 25 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in 46 minutes. ... PG Trey Burke scored 20 points in their win at Charlotte last week.

About the Bobcats » They have lost three of their last four. ... They are 2-7 against Western Conference opponents. ... They come off a 118-116 overtime loss at Atlanta. ... They rank 28th in the league in scoring (92.9). ... G Kemba Walker is their top scorer. He averages 18.6 points per game. ... They are coached by ex-Laker assistant Steve Clifford.

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On Saturday night, Jefferson finished with 24 points and 23 rebounds in a 118-116 overtime loss at Atlanta.

"We have a premier low-post scorer, which not many teams have," coach Steve Clifford told the Charlotte Observer before the season.

"... Basketball is a game that starts at the top of your roster. Whoever has the best single player on the floor has a decided advantage. He immediately becomes our best offensive player, with the ability to attract a second defender and make the play to get another player a good shot."

The Tribune’s Aaron Falk contributed to this story.




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