WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 (Ticker) -- Gilbert Arenas
and Antawn Jamison
sure the Charlotte Bobcats would not post back-to-back preseason
Arenas scored 20 points and offseason acquisition Jamison added
16 to lead a balanced scoring attack as the Washington Wizards
defeated the Bobcats, 97-85.
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An expansion team, Charlotte recorded its first preseason win
with a 69-63 triumph over Portland on Friday.
In this one, the Bobcats rallied from a 17-point second-quarter
deficit to pull within 74-70 just over a minute into the final
period. But the Wizards countered with a 20-9 run, which Juan
Dixon ended with a three-point play with 3:36 left.
Larry Hughes scored 15 points, Dixon added 13 and Jarvis Hayes
10 for Washington, which took advantage of Emeka Okafor's
absence to outscore Charlotte in the paint, 38-20.
Bobcats coach Bernie Bickerstaff, a former Wizards coach,
elected not to play Okafor, the second overall pick and a member
of the U.S. Olympic team. No reason was given.
Reserve Eddie House scored 20 points and Jason Kapono 19 to pace