Final

Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/4

Game 1: Thursday, November 4th
Wizards103Final
Bobcats96
Game 2: Monday, December 27th
Bobcats87Final
Wizards106
Game 3: Saturday, March 5th
Wizards86Final
Bobcats84
Game 4: Sunday, April 17th
Bobcats104Final
Wizards106

Wizards 86

(33-25, 11-16 away)

Bobcats 84

(12-45, 10-19 home)

Coverage: WBDC

7:00 PM ET, March 5, 2005

Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, NC

1 2 3 4 T
WSH 18 19 24 2586
CHA 24 20 16 2484

Top Performers

Washington: B. Haywood 22 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 4 Blk

Charlotte: J. Hart 20 Pts, 4 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Stl

Cats unable to capitalize in crunch time

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Washington Wizards were lousy on offense and not much better on defense, forcing them to rely on one heads-up play by Laron Profit to end their six-game road losing streak.

Profit tipped in Juan Dixon's miss with 3.1 seconds to play to give the Washington Wizards an 86-84 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday night.

"When he shot it, I just decided with the time left to go in and try to get a hand on it," Profit said. "Luckily for us the ball went in because saying we didn't play well is an understatement."

The Wizards shot just 37 percent, were 1-of-10 from 3-point range and had eight shots blocked.

Plus, they were short on bodies -- just 10 players suited up but Anthony Peeler didn't play -- and then Antawn Jamison left early in the third quarter with what the Wizards would only say was a sore right knee.

How they rallied from a 14-point deficit and pulled out the win was a mystery to them.

"We really have been talking about how we need to win games on the defensive end and tonight we spoke it right up," Profit said. "We didn't have our `A' game or our `B' game offensively, so we really had to buckle down and make some plays."

The Bobcats missed twice before Washington's final possession. Jason Kapono's shot was off, and Gerald Wallace's shot was blocked by Brendan Haywood.

The Wizards called timeout and ran down the clock before getting the ball to Dixon in the left corner. His shot bounced off the rim, but Profit was under the basket and tipped it in.

Charlotte didn't have any timeouts left, and Keith Bogans heaved up a half-court shot that was off the mark. Washington improved to 3-0 against the Bobcats.

"Profit just wanted it a little more than we did on that possession," Bobcats coach Bernie Bickerstaff said.

Haywood, from nearby Greensboro and a North Carolina alum, scored 22 points to lead Washington.

"My mom is here and I wanted to have a good showing for Mama," Haywood said.

Gilbert Arenas scored 21 and Kwame Brown had 16 points and 12 rebounds.

Jason Hart scored 18 of his career-high 20 points in the fourth quarter to lead Charlotte. Kapono had 19 points and a career-high eight rebounds off the bench, and Primoz Brezec added 16 points.

"We're not getting down, but we need a break," Hart said. "Unfortunately, that last rebound did not go our way. This one hurts."

The Bobcats also have injury problems, with guard Kareem Rush placed on the injured list before the game with a knee sprain and Brevin Knight out with a sprained ankle suffered Friday night.

The game was tied at 79 with 2:03 to play, then Hughes put the Wizards on top with a pair of free throws after he was fouled by Emeka Okafor while fighting for a rebound.

The Bobcats took a timeout to set up a play, and came out of the break with a quick 3-pointer from Hart for an 82-81 lead with 1:32 to go.

Arenas missed for Washington, but the battle for the rebound turned into a scrum and a jump ball that the Wizards won. Then Brezec fouled Hughes to send him to the line, where he made one of two shots to tie it with 1:06 to go.

After another timeout, Hart drove into the lane and went high over all his defenders for a layup that put Charlotte on top with 58 seconds to play. But Arenas was fouled by Okafor -- his second costly foul late in the final 1:36 -- and Arenas made both shots to tie it again.

Game notes


Jamison said he would be parked in front of his TV on Sunday watching alma mater North Carolina play Duke with the Atlantic Coast Conference title on the line. "I don't think I've missed a game unless we were playing," he said. "For a guy who was as big a part of the rivalry as I was, I know how important this game is." .... Charlotte activated Matt Carroll, but he didn't play. ... The Bobcats said Knight will miss at least three games, but Knight said he doubted he will be out that long.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WSH
CHA
Points 86 84
FGM-FGA 28-75 (.373) 33-84 (.393)
3PM-3PA 1-10 (.100) 6-9 (.667)
FTM-FTA 29-36 (.806) 12-17 (.706)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 16-44 16-46
Assists 9 18
Turnovers 11 14
Steals 6 7
Blocks 6 8
Fast Break Points 2 5
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (1/0) 26 (0/0)
Largest Lead 3 14

Top Performers

Washington
Charlotte
Brendan Haywood Haywood
Points: 22
Reb: 8
Ast: 1
Stl: 0
Blk: 4
Jason Hart Hart
Points: 20
Reb: 4
Ast: 4
Stl: 3
Blk: 0