Wizards - Bobcats highlights 3.18
The Wizards' three-game winning streak came to an end with a 119-114 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats as they lost a five-point lead in the final three minutes. The Bobcats (15-52) also won the season series 3-1.
Player of the game: PG John Wall had 25 points on 8-for-17 shooting, five assists, six rebounds and two steals.
The rundown: Perimeter players had been dominating Washington’s success lately, but Nene and C Emeka Okafor combined for 38 points and 16 rebounds. The defense was sub-par as the Bobcats made 52.2% of their shots and scored 16 points in the paint, but the Wizards (23-43) ended the quarter shooting 11-for-13 to trail 32-29. Charlotte went on a 9-2 run to go ahead 41-33 in the second quarter. Washington closed the deficit to one point with a 7-0 run when SF Martell Webster made a three-pointer. Jannero Pargo, who played seven games for Washington this season, sparked Charlotte with 11 points in the final seven minutes of the half to lead 63-59 at the break. The teams traded leads repeatedly in the second half. Nene gave the Wizards their second lead of the game on a dunk at 8:45 of the third 68-67. Just as Washington appeared ready to pull way at 81-76, the lead was lost. Key shots were made in the fourth quarter by both sides. Wall pushed the pace and helped the Wizards get easy baskets. But in the end, they committed five turnovers in the last 5:50, including a questionable charging call on Wall at 1:33 with his team trailing 113-111.
Turning point: The Wizards led 111-106 at 3:14 but the Bobcats went on a 12-0 run. Kemba Walker made a layup, a turnover by Wizards SF Trevor Ariza on an inbounds pass led to a three-pointer by Ben Gordon to tie the score and Walker’s drive for another layup gave them the lead for good.
20-something: Nene had his first 20-point game since Feb. 11, finishing with 21 points, five rebounds and a season-high seven assists. He only played five minutes in the fourth quarter because of foul trouble, however, and failed to score
Fore: Wall made another three-pointer from the corner. He’s 5-for-6 in his last four games from long range. But Wall also was fouled by Ben Gordon and converted the free throw. That gives the Wizards an NBA-leading 11 four-point plays.
Heating up: SG Garrett Temple is still starting while Bradley Beal works his way back from a left ankle sprain. Temple finished with 17 points, tying a career high. He hit consecutive three-pointers in the fourth quarter. The first one tied the score at 96 and the other gave them the lead.
In reserve: Backup PG A.J. Price (groin) missed his fourth game in a row, but Ariza returned from left knee soreness. Ariza played 29 minutes and posted seven points and four assists.
Who’s next: Wednesday at Phoenix Suns, 10 p.m. ET on CSN. The Suns played the L.A. Lakers late Monday night.