Wizards-Bobcats instant analysis

Wizards-Bobcats instant analysis
March 9, 2013, 8:45 pm
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Highlights: Wall, Webster lead Wizards over Bobcats

The Wizards rebounded from their 17-point loss to the Brooklyn Nets by pounding the Charlotte Bobcats 104-87 on Saturday at Verizon Center.  The win ended a two-game losing streak for Washington (20-41), which also had lost its first two meetings with Charlotte (13-50) in the regular season. It also was the Wizards' 12th home victory in their last 16 games. 

Player of the game: Nene fell one point shy of his first 20-point game since Feb. 11, but his dominance in the low post sparked the victory. Nene finished with 19 points on 6-for-12 shooting, eight rebounds, four assists and two blocks.

The rundown: The Wizards got out to a fast start behind the hot shooting of Martell Webster. They were leading 14-13 and began to pull away behind Webster, who made 4 of 5 threes in the first half.  He hit a long-range shot to open the second quarter to stretch the lead to 30-24, and reserves Trevor Ariza and Kevin Seraphin entered to help extend it more. Ariza had nine points and seven rebounds and Seraphin added nine points in the first half alone. Most of the time, the Bobcats' only offense was Kemba Walker, who finished with a game-high 29 points on 11-for-25 shooting, six assists and four steals. The Bobcats were able to cut the deficit to nine points with nine minutes left in the game, but two threes from Ariza stretched it to 91-74 to end any hopes of a comeback. 

Turning point: Led by Nene, the Wizards went on a 16-2 run in the second quarter to take a 49-29 lead. They went into the half up 59-42.

Key switch: Garrett Temple, who had replaced Bradley Beal in the starting lineup when he went out earlier this season with a wrist injury, was back. The Wizards had used Ariza for the first two games of Beal's latest absence because of a sprained right ankle but missed his scoring off the bench. Beal tried to play but didn't feel ready after warmups. Ariza scored a team-high 26 points on 7-for-11 shooting. He made 5 of 8 from three. 

Yes, he can: Wall drained a three-pointer from the corner at 1:08 of the second quarter for a 57-37 lead. Wall is now 2-for-18 on threes this season, 11.1%.  He needs two more makes to surpass last season’s total.

Highlight reel: Walker had a breakaway layup if not for Wall, who chased him down and pinned the ball on the backboard late in the third. That led to a bucket for Emeka Okafor on the other end for a 76-55 advantage.

Who’s next: Tuesday at Cleveland Cavaliers , 7 p.m. ET on CSN

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