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After a tough two game road trip, the Wizards returned home to dominate the Bobcats, 104-87. The Verizon Center has treated the Wizards well as they have won 12 of the last 16 at home.

The first quarter was the only part of this game that was really competitive. The Wizards started the game shooting the ball exceptionally well but turned the ball over six times so could not develop much of a cushion over the Bobcats, closing the quarter with a three point lead. The second quarter was a different ballgame as the Wizards absolutely dominated the Bobcats, using a 23-6 run to go up by 17 at the half.

From there it was cruise control for the most part, as the Bobcats would get as close as nine but the Wizards would immediately go on a 10-1 run at that point to push it back to 18. Trevor Ariza played the hero in the fourth quarter, burying the Bobcats with 14 points in the final frame.

The Wizards shot the ball very well and dominated the Bobcats on the boards, an effective formula for winning ballgames. They shot 50% from the field and 55% from three while outrebounding Charlotte 45-32. Trevor Ariza had a season high 26 points along with 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the year. Martell Webster had 20 points, Nene had 19 and Wall had 13 points and six assists. All four of those players shot 50% or better from the field.

Kemba Walker was the bright spot for the Bobcats as he went for a game high 29 points.

The Wizards get a much needed two nights off after four games in five nights before taking on the Cavs in Cleveland on Tuesday night.


AJ Price
Points: 4
Rebounds: 0
Assists: 6

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Points: Trevor Ariza - 26
Rebounds: Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza - 10
Assists: A.J. Price and John Wall - 6
Blocks: John Wall and Nene - 2
Steals: Martell Webster - 2

Randy Wittman Postgame

On Martell Webster and Trevor Ariza:

“It’s just been so big for us. The way we were going in the first half on the inside game, Nene, we were playing through him, and then the second half they (the Bobcats) decided, ‘Well, we’re not going to allow that anymore,’ and it opened up on the outside. So to have Martell (Webster) and Trevor (Ariza) make shots like that, it was good to see that come back.”

John Wall

On getting win:

“It was good just to get a win period. After the losing the last two games and how everything ended last night, we wanted to come out and not let this one slip away. I think we did a great job of closing this one out, we kinda let them come back in the game in the third quarter but we kept a decent enough lead.”

Trevor Ariza Postgame

On hitting shots:

“I got a lot of open shots and my teammates were looking for me. I just hit some open shots that I practice every day.”

Nene Postgame

On game:

“We changed the pace. It was a hard loss last night and tonight we came hard in the beginning of the game. We knew this team always plays hard like us, and beat us two times this season so we needed to step up.”