Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/26

Game 1: Saturday, November 26th
Game 2: Saturday, January 28th
Game 3: Tuesday, March 14th
Game 4: Wednesday, March 15th

Wizards 82

(6-7, 3-5 away)

Bobcats 100

(5-9, 4-3 home)

    Coverage: NE14

    7:30 PM ET, November 26, 2005

    Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC

    1 2 3 4 T
    WSH 20 21 20 2182
    CHA 28 17 24 31100

    Top Performers

    WSH: B. Haywood 16 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Blk

    Cha: G. Wallace 26 Pts, 14 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Stl, 5 Blk

    Wallace scores 26 in easy win for Charlotte

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Charlotte Bobcats lost five of six games when Gerald Wallace was out with a right wrist fracture earlier this month. Now that he's back, the Bobcats are, too.

    Wallace had 26 points and 14 rebounds Saturday night to lead Charlotte to a 100-82 victory over the Washington Wizards. The Bobcats have won two of three since Wallace returned, and the only loss came on a last-second shot at Boston on Friday night.

    Wallace is averaging 22.3 points in those three games.

    "Some of the plays that the guy makes are just phenomenal," Bobcats coach and general manager Bernie Bickerstaff said. "He started the game off with a steal. I think that just kind of energized him."

    Charlotte's pace was too much for Washington, which was coming off a double-overtime win at Detroit on Friday night.

    Gilbert Arenas, the third-leading scorer in the NBA who had 39 points against Detroit, was held to 11 against the Bobcats, just two in the second half.

    "I'm going to be very diplomatic and say that last night's victory meant a lot to us," Washington coach Eddie Jordan said. "We expended a lot of energy."

    The Bobcats built a 13-point lead in the second quarter and never allowed the Wizards to tie it.

    Washington came as close as 60-58 in the third quarter when Chucky Atkins hit a 3-pointer. But Charlotte quickly recovered and extended the lead to double figures again with a 9-0 run later in the quarter. Washington never challenged after that.

    "That's a pretty good basketball team in that room in there," Bickerstaff said. "They come back from heartbreak pretty good and that's been the history."

    It also gives Charlotte some momentum heading into a four-game western road trip.

    "A couple of stops here and there in Boston and we'd be sitting pretty good right now with a three-game win streak," Wallace said. "Two-and-one in your last three games before you're going to the West Coast is pretty good, especially knowing we could have been 3-0."

    Emeka Okafor also had a double-double with 10 points and 17 rebounds for Charlotte.

    Antawn Jamison had 20 points and 12 rebounds for Washington.

    Game notes

    The Bobcats played without rookie forward Sean May, who was inactive because of a sore right knee. His status is day to day, although he said after the game he hoped to play at Sacramento on Tuesday in the team's next game. ... The Bobcats had never defeated Washington in their brief history before Saturday night. The Wizards won all four game last season when Charlotte was an expansion franchise. ... Bickerstaff is frustrated by speculation in New York that the Knicks are interested in acquiring Charlotte point guard Brevin Knight. Coach Larry Brown had praised Knight following the Bobcats' 108-95 victory over the Knicks on Wednesday. "If I don't know anything about it, they haven't approached me," Bickerstaff said before Saturday's game. "But I know the Knicks are very good at putting things out there. I think it's kind of inappropriate that Brevin has to be the guy that everybody approaches about this, something that has not transpired and didn't have any conversations about it. I think it has something to do with his focus."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 82 100
    FGM-FGA 30-76 (.395) 40-88 (.455)
    3PM-3PA 5-19 (.263) 5-18 (.278)
    FTM-FTA 17-25 (.680) 15-26 (.577)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-43 18-50
    Assists 16 21
    Turnovers 21 18
    Steals 5 10
    Blocks 2 6
    Fast Break Points 10 25
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 26 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 1 21

    Top Performers

    Brendan Haywood Haywood
    Points: 16
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2
    Gerald Wallace Wallace
    Points: 26
    Reb: 14
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 5