Game Recap: Wizards 114 - Bobcats 119



The Bobcats went on a late 13-3 run to put away the Wizards 119-114 in Charlotte. With the victory, the Bobcats completed their 3-1 season series win over the Wizards.

The entire game was played at a very fast pace as both teams had little problem putting points on the board. The Bobcats though led from the third minute on, by as many as nine and closed the half up by four. The game of runs would being in the third quarter as the Wizards immediately went on a 16-8 run to start the third and put themselves in the driver's seat. The Bobcats though would respond by closing the quarter on an 18-8 run to enter the fourth up by five. The fourth quarter was a back and forth affair until the Wizards found themselves up by five with 2:49. The Wizards would turn it over on four of the next five possessions and the Bobcats would convert on four straight trips to go up by seven and never look back. Kemba Walker played the clutch role scoring six points during the Bobcats 13-3 run to close the game.

Both teams shot the ball effectively, in fact both finished at 53% from the field and 40% from three point range. The game came down to turnovers and bench play, as the Wizards turned it over 17 times compared to the Bobcats 11 and the Bobcats bench doubled up the Wizards' 44-22. The Wizards did dominate the paint as they outrebounded the Bobcats 41-31 and outscored them in the paint 52-34.

All five Wizards' starters finished in double figures, led by Wall's 25 points on 8/17 shooting. Nene and Okafor were dominant down low, combining to shoot 16/24 while scoring 21 and 17 points respectively. Nene also led the Wizards with seven assists and Okafor led with nine rebounds. Garrett Temple tied his career high with 17 points on 6/8 shooting. Webster was the last Wizard in double figures with 12.

The Bobcats put seven in double figures and Gerald Henderson was the game’s high scorer with 27. Ben Gordon came off the bench to score 19, Kemba Walker had 18 and Josh McRoberts had 17.

The Wizards road trip carries on as they head to Phoenix to face the Suns on Wednesday night.

Martell Webster

Points: 12

Rebounds: 3

Assists: 2

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Points: John Wall - 25

Rebounds: Emeka Okafor - 9

Assists: Nene - 7

Blocks: Emeka Okafor - 2

Steals: John Wall and Garrett Temple - 2

Randy Wittman Postgame

On Game:

“We don’t have a different mindset on the road, and you have too. You can’t play the same way you do at home on the road. I have to find a way to change our mindset. We have to come out with energy and effort defensively to step on them right from the beginning. I give Charlotte credit, they shot the ball well, played well, but I’m really disappointed in our mindset. That’s one of the reasons why we have five wins on the road. It’s got to change or you’re just going to continue to play this way on the road.”

John Wall Postgame

On difference between road and home:

“I don’t think it matters if we’re playing at home with the crowd or away without the crowd, we just have to come out and play defense. Whenever we play defense against anybody, home or away, we seem to be in the game from the jump. We can’t give a team 63 points at halftime. It’s tough to win on the road like that.”

Emeka Okafor Postgame

Garrett Temple Postgame

On game:

“We couldn’t get stops. That’s the main thing. We just didn’t get stops and we didn’t follow out our game plan in terms of how we wanted to guard the pick-and-roll and Kemba (Walker) was able to do a lot of stuff out of that, as well as Gerald (Henderson). We’ve just got to learn how to get stops at the end of the game. Obviously we had enough offense to win.”