Jefferson scored 10 points in the first period, almost matching the 11 points by the entire Toronto team. Charlotte led by 15 after the first quarter and was up 55-36 at halftime despite not scoring a field goal in the final 3:40 of the second quarter.
The Raptors put up a 35-point fourth period and got within 93-92 with 25.9 seconds to go when Kyle Lowry hit a jumper. A string a free throws extended the Charlotte lead to 98-92, allowing the Bobcats to survive a late 3-pointer by Lowry.
Free throws were key to the Charlotte win. The Bobcats were 27-of-33 from the line, compared to just 7-of-10 for Toronto.
DeMar DeRozan and Lowry combined for 19-of-45 shooting and had 25 and 21 points, respectively, for Toronto. Chuck Hayes came off the bench for a 12-point, 13-rebound game.