CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 4 (Ticker) -- Antawn Jamison
there would be no postgame celebration for the expansion
Jamison, a Charlotte native, scored 24 points to lead five
players in double figures as the Washington Wizards defeated the
Bobcats, 103-96, in their landmark first regular-season
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"To have a state that's going to support basketball and really
take it seriously, not to have the NBA was disappointing," said
Jamison, a Charlotte native. "But the NBA recognized that. I
think it is just a matter of time before things are back to the
way they used to be."
The Wizards, who rode Jamison's 34 points to a win at Memphis on
Wednesday, are 2-0 for the first time since 1994. Washington's
last 3-0 start came in 1978, when the Bullets won their first
With the contest tied, 85-85, midway through the fourth quarter,
Washington went on a 9-0 run to take the lead for the good.
came off the bench to pour in 13 of his 15 points in
the final period.
"I was playing with a chip on my shoulder," Dixon said. "I
wanted to show people I could come and play. I'm going to keep
on helping my teammates and hopefully we will continue to keep
made his season debut after sitting out the
opener due to a league suspension and scored 19 points for the
Wizards. Jarvis Hayes chipped in 17 points and Larry Hughes -
also suspended Wednesday - added 14.
Six Charlotte players scored in double figures, led by
, who had 19 points and 10 rebounds as he became the
fourth rookie to start in an expansion team's opening game.
and Primoz Brezec
, who scored the franchise's first
bucket, each added 15.
The Bobcats committed eight turnovers in the fourth quarter,
which led to 10 points for the Wizards.
"We played hard," said Smith, who has the most experience on a
very young roster. "But I think they executed a little better
at the end. It's a learning process. But we're not going to
make that an excuse. This is one we had in our hands and they
pulled it out."
The NBA returned to Charlotte for the first time since the
Hornets left for New Orleans two years ago. Owner Bob Johnson,
the first black majority owner of a major pro sports franchise,
spoke to fans before the game and asked them to believe in the
"The crowd was real animated and we appreciate that," Smith
said. "We hope they enjoyed our first performance, even though
we didn't get a win. There are no moral victories. We'll just
go back to the drawing board and try and get a win."