Wizards send Bobcats to 11th straight defeat
Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Gilbert Arenas scored 34 points and missed
just one of his 14 free throws to lead the Washington Wizards to a 107-97
victory over the Charlotte Bobcats at the MCI Center.
Antawn Jamison had 23 points on 5-of-8 from beyond the arc, and pulled down 13
rebounds, and Jared Jeffries contributed 10 points and eight rebounds for the
Wizards, who have won two of their last three games.
Primoz Brezec tied a career-high with 27 points and also grabbed 12 rebounds,
and Raymond Felton netted 18 and dished out a career-high 13 assists for the
Bobcats, who have lost 11 consecutive games.
The Wizards led 86-76 on Caron Butler’s jumper at the 9:31 mark , but
Charlotte reeled off a 10-2 run, highlighted by three Brezec baskets, to come
within 88-86. Washington connected on only one field goal in almost 7 1/2
minutes bridging the third and fourth quarters to help fuel the streak.
The Bobcats got as close as 95-94, however, the Wizards scored six unanswered
points to lead 101-94 with under a minute to play. Charlotte’s Jumaine Jones
hit a trey to pull his team within four, but Washington hit 6-of-6 at the line
to seal the victory.
The Wizards ran out to an early 14-4 lead, but the Bobcats responded with an
18-6 run, capped by Matt Carroll’s layup, to put Charlotte on top 22-20.
Washington shot 65 percent and led 31-30 after 12 minutes, as Jeffries drained
a three-pointer with time running down.
The Bobcats’ Alan Anderson hit a trey with under 10 seconds left to cut the
deficit to 57-52 at the half. Arenas had 22 first half points.
Jamison scored 12 of the Wizards first 14 points in the third quarter with
four three-pointers, but Charlotte hit five of its first nine shots and
trailed 71-64 with 6:50 remaining.
Bernard Robinson’s free throw narrowed the Bobcats’ gap to 73-71, but
Washington countered with a 9-2 spurt, including four points from Etan Thomas,
and led 82-73 heading into the final frame.
The Wizards shot 46.8 percent from the floor, while Charlotte connected on
43.5 percent of its shots…Washington won the rebounding edge,
47-35…Charlotte’s Melvin Ely left the game in the first quarter after
knocking knees with Jeffries, but did return in the second period…Jamison
had to leave the game in the second period after colliding with Robinson, but
also returned…Brezec has seven double-doubles on the season, three in the
last week…The Wizards have won five of the six meetings…This the third
time in franchise history that the Bobcats have had a losing streak of 10 or