Wednesday , Apr , 04 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Arenas hurt as Wizards lose again to Bobcats

WWashington, DC (Sports Network) – Gerald Wallace scored 27 points,
pulled
down 12 rebounds and dished out eight assists as Charlotte downed a short-
handed Washington club, 108-100, in the back end of a home-and-home series
at the Verizon Center.

The Wizards were already without forward Caron Butler, who is expected to miss
the rest of the season with a broken hand, and they quickly lost the services
of Gilbert Arenas.

The All-Star did not start for the first time this season after being late to
the team’s shootaround and when he finally took the floor, Arenas played less
than two minutes when he collided with Wallace. After being helped to his
feet, Arenas immediately left for the locker room with a sprained left knee.
He did not return.

“I don’t know. I really don’t know (what happened),” said Wallace. “I went to
the basket and I fell, and I don’t know if I landed on his knee. I know my
shoulder hit him, it made my shoulder sore, but I don’t really know. I didn’t
even know it was him until I got up, while he was down on the floor. I didn’t
even know.”

Walter Herrmann added 20 points and nine boards for the Bobcats, who have won
four of five games. Raymond Felton chipped in with 19 points and seven
assists.

Antawn Jamison dropped in 25 points and had 11 rebounds for the reeling
Wizards, who also dropped a 122-102 decision to the Bobcats on Tuesday and
fell one full game behind idle Miami in the Southeast Division.

Etan Thomas tallied 19 points and 10 boards, while Antonio Daniels had 18
points and a career-high 17 assists.

The Bobcats entered the final frame down by four points, but quickly began to
wear down the Wizards. A 12-2 run, featuring three buckets by Adam Morrison,
gave Charlotte a 91-84 advantage with 6:59 left.

Washington refused to give in, however, and went on a 8-0 burst over the next
two minutes. DeShawn Stevenson drained back-to-back threes and the Wizards
were back on top, 92-91.

Felton stemmed the tide with a three of his own, with 4:59 remaining, to put
the Bobcats back in front, 94-92.

Things remained tight as the game headed toward the stretch, but Wallace’s
three-point play, with 3:08, left gave Charlotte some breathing room, 101-96.

The Wizards had one last gasp in them. Daniels driving lay-in, with 1:05 on
the clock, drew Washington within a bucket, 102-100.

But, Herrmann answered with a pair of free throws and Wallace followed with a
lay-in to seal the game.

“It’s April. It’s April,” Wallace added after the game. “This is playoffs for
most people. When I was in Sacramento, we called April the start of the second
season, so the games in April were like the preseason for the playoffs. The
more physical play tends to pick up and the more aggressive play starts to
pick up. That’s just how it goes. It’s like it’s getting ready, baby, so you
better get you a little taste.”

The Wizards held a slim 21-19 edge after the opening 12 minutes and continued
to hold on to a precarious lead, 45-44, at intermission.

Hayes’ three at the buzzer gave Washington a 79-75 edge heading to the final
frame.

Game Notes

The Wizards are now 26-11 as the host this season…Washington still has a 2-1
edge in the season series with one game to play…The Bobcats won for the
first time in Washington D.C.

WAS CHL