Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/4

Game 1: Thursday, November 4th
Game 2: Monday, December 27th
Game 3: Saturday, March 5th
Game 4: Sunday, April 17th

Bobcats 87

(7-17, 1-12 away)

Wizards 106

(15-11, 8-4 home)

    7:00 PM ET, December 27, 2004

    Verizon Center, Washington, DC

    1 2 3 4 T
    CHA 27 22 19 1987
    WSH 30 30 24 22106

    Top Performers

    Charlotte: E. Okafor 18 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Washington: L. Hughes 20 Pts, 4 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Wizards rebound from abysmal shooting night

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Washington Wizards rebounded from an ugly loss with an impressive shooting display.

    Larry Hughes scored 20 points and Gilbert Arenas added 17 to lead the Wizards to a 106-87 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday night.

    After tying a season low for points in a 109-74 loss at Minnesota on Sunday, Washington bounced back and shot a season-best 54.8 percent and scored 60 points in the paint.

    "Last night, they whipped us," Arenas said. "Tonight, it's one those where you have that bad taste in your mouth, but you can't think about it because you have a game the next day. It's not one of those games where you sit and have to wait for it."

    The Wizards probably couldn't wait to get back home after a tough West Coast road trip that ended late Sunday night, but signaled the start of an important stretch in which Washington plays seven of its next eight at home.

    "We needed it, especially after the way we played last night," said Antawn Jamison, who scored 15 points after being kept out of double figures for the first time this season Sunday. "Playoff-caliber and good teams find a way to get it done, especially at home."

    Especially against the Bobcats, who fell to 1-12 on the road and 0-8 away from home against the Eastern Conference.

    "Basically what we were was just a nonentity," Charlotte coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "The real simple part of this is we just were not very good tonight. It's just that simple. There are no answers to that. That's the bottom line. Philosophically, I can't come up with anything any better than that."

    The one bright spot for the Bobcats continues to be Emeka Okafor, who scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to extend his streak of consecutive double-doubles to 16. The last active player to have that many during his rookie season was Shaquille O'Neal, who had 15 straight in 1992-93 with Orlando.

    "I knew it was possible. I didn't come out and say `I'm going to get X amount of double-doubles in a row," Okafor said. "My whole mindset is to come out and play hard and just try to produce."

    Jamison's transition dunk late in the third quarter highlighted a 13-5 run that put Washington ahead 84-68 heading into the fourth. By then, the Wizards had things working far better than Sunday.

    Charlotte closed to 44-43 with 5:20 left in the first half, but the Wizards outscored the Bobcats 16-6 the rest of the way to take a 60-49 lead.

    Washington had six players reach double figures and shot 55 percent in the first half -- with Arenas and Brendan Haywood leading the team's biggest scoring spurts. Arenas scored 14 in the first half and seven during a 9-2 run that pushed the lead to nine.

    Gerald Wallace added 14 points for the Bobcats, and Jason Hart and Jason Kapono each finished with 12.

    Game notes

    Washington's Kwame Brown strained a right ankle tendon in the first half and didn't return. Washington coach Eddie Jordan said Brown will miss practice tomorrow and be re-evaluated. ... Charlotte guard Brevin Knight didn't play Monday night because of the flu. ... Jared Jeffries matched a career high in points with 15.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 87 106
    FGM-FGA 37-84 (.440) 40-73 (.548)
    3PM-3PA 4-17 (.235) 4-12 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 9-17 (.529) 22-30 (.733)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-36 10-38
    Assists 26 18
    Turnovers 16 13
    Steals 7 9
    Blocks 4 4
    Fast Break Points 3 20
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 18 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 797 22

    Top Performers

    Emeka Okafor Okafor
    Points: 18
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 2
    Larry Hughes Hughes
    Points: 20
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1