Jefferson shot 11-of-21 from the field for 23 points. He grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked two shots.
The Hornets next play at the Pistons on Sunday.Analysis:
Anthony is out due to a sore right groin. Anthony is averaging 1.2 points and 1.5 rebounds per game.Analysis:
Starting at center instead will be DeWayne Dedmon.
Vucevic is averaging 19.7 points and 8.0 rebounds per game this season.Analysis:
Chandler missed the team's previous three games with a hip injury, but coach Rick Carlisle said earlier Thursday that the center was "looking good" for the Thursday matchup. He has averaged 10.6 points and 11.7 rebounds in 56 games.
The Mavericks are 2 1/2-point underdogs in Portland Thursday.Analysis:
Adams has not played since Feb. 8 after undergoing hand surgery, but coach Scott Brooks sounded optimistic that Adams would be available to play in Sunday's game against the Raptors. Center Enes Kanter has been starting in place of Adams.
The Thunder are 1-point favorites.Analysis:
McGee was shipped from Denver to Philadelphia before the trade deadline, and was waived by the 76ers on Monday. He cleared waivers on Wednesday and is free to sign with any team. Outside of the Celtics, the Mavericks, Raptors and Heat were among the notable suitors after the 7-footer. The 27-year-old averaged 4.6 points and 2.7 rebounds. in 23 games this season, including 17 with Denver.Analysis:
Pachulia shot 5-9 from the field. He sunk three of his four free throws, finishing with 13 points. Pachulia was active on the boards, pulling down 11 rebounds. He added four assists and two steals during the contest.Analysis:
Ajinca shot 5-10 from the field, finishing with 10 points. He was active on the boards, pulling down 11 rebounds. Nine of those came on the defensive side of the court. Ajinca added two assists and one block during the contest.
Following the game, Ajinca talked about his recent breakout. "I'm trying to bring anything I have to the team. Especially because first we had A.D. (Anthony Davis) and Ryan (Anderson) be out so I had to step up and play big time minutes, and I had to do some different (things)," he said. "It went well, so now I’m going to go and keep it this way and hopefully I will keep having some good minutes."Analysis:
Whiteside has racked up 24 rebounds twice this season, including in Saturday's loss to the Hawks, but he managed to push his career-best total Wednesday while turning in his highest scoring total since Feb. 4. He also blocked four shots in the win, giving the center five straight games with multiple blocks.
"He’s what you call special," guard Dwyane Wade said after the game. "He’s so long, everything that gets off the rim he has it. He’s for real about what he does. He protects the basket and when he gets mad he’ll dunk on everybody. He’s very, very important to this team’s success."
The Heat are set to face the Wizards Friday.Analysis:
Drummond shot 6-13 from the field. He hit one of his two free throws, finishing with 13 points on the night. Drummond was active on the boards, pulling down 18 rebounds. He also finished with six blocks and one assist.Analysis: