In the last matchup, the Bobcats (7-48) and Wizards (13-44) went down to the final seconds, with the Wizards prevailing in the end. Unfortunately, the Bobcats could not find a rhythm this time, as the Wizards pulled away for the 113 - 85 victory on April 9 at Time Warner Cable Arena.
The Wizards were able to get out to a quick start, taking a 31-20 lead after the first quarter… Cartier Martin came to life in the second quarter, scoring 13 points in the period to help the Wizards extend the lead to 60-40 at the intermission… In the second half, the Wizards extended the lead to 30 points, and never allowed the Bobcats to get back in the game.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Wizards shot the ball extremely well from the field, hitting 48.2 percent (40 of 83), while the Bobcats were only able to connect on 39 percent (32 of 82)… The Wizards were able a big night from their reserves, outscoring the Bobcats bench 67-41… Washington did a great job of passing the ball, finishing with 28 assists, 12 of them from John Wall… Charlotte was able to attack the rim and get to the free throw line, where they hit 81.8 percent (18 of 22)
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Corey Maggette played well, scoring 23 points on 7-of-12 shooting.
Kemba Walker had a strong floor game for the Bobcats, finishing with 16 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
WIZARDS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Cartier Martin continued to take advantage of a 10-day contract, scoring 19 points to go along with six rebounds.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
"We knew it was going to be an effort game. Throughout the game I told the guys that if we were going to win this game we were going to have to do all of the things we practiced and all of the things we work on every day. We didn’t do those things, and as a result we lost. It’s something to learn from."
- Bobcats Assistant Coach Stephen Silas on tonight's game
"We just didn’t come to play right from the jump. If you expect to win in the NBA, you’ve got to limit your mistakes, even against teams that have similar records as you. You’ve got to play to win and you’ve got to compete and we didn’t do that tonight."
- Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson on tonight's game
"I hate losing, but at the same time, it’s something you’ve got to go through as a basketball player. I’m just going to try to learn from my experience. Despite the losing, I think I’ve gotten a lot better from when I first started. That’s all I can really ask for."
- Bobcats guard Kemba Walker on this season
Gerald Henderson (12) was the only other Bobcats player to reach double figures in scoring… D.J. Augustin (knee) and Reggie Williams (knee) were unable to go in the game… Bobcats Assistant Coach Stephen Silas filled in for Head Coach Paul Silas as the man in charge… Kemba Walker continues to handle the pressure as a rookie point guard, finishing with a positive assist-to-turnover ratio for the 29th straight game.
The Bobcats will be back in action on April 10, as they travel to Cleveland to take on the Cavaliers at the Quicken Loans Arena. Opening tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Catch all the action on SportSouth and listen to us on WBCN. Also, don’t forget to join the chat at bobcats.com.