Regular Season Series (Game 4 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

Bobcats 99

(18-48, 6-28 away)

Wizards 107

(33-30, 23-11 home)

    Coverage: NE14

    7:00 PM ET, March 15, 2006

    Verizon Center, Washington, DC

    1 2 3 4 T
    CHA 11 31 30 2799
    WSH 27 23 30 27107

    Top Performers

    Cha: J. Jones 25 Pts, 8 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl

    WSH: G. Arenas 34 Pts, 4 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl

    Washington 107, Charlotte 99

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Washington Wizards are 3-1 against the Charlotte Bobcats -- and probably glad to be done playing one of the league's worst teams.

    Gilbert Arenas scored 34 points as the Wizards swept a home-and-home series with Charlotte in a grinding 107-99 victory Tuesday night.

    Antawn Jamison scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Washington, his 32nd double-double of the season. He finally clinched the win with 29 seconds left, following his own 3-point miss with an easy finger-roll for the last points of the game by either team.

    Until then, the Wizards had led by six throughout the fourth quarter, but much like Tuesday night's 119-114 victory, couldn't find a way to pull away.

    "It never ceases to amaze me how hard these guys play night in, night out," Jamison said of the Bobcats. "This is a scary team. They don't have anything to lose, they're just going to go out there and just play."

    Washington moved ahead of Indiana and into fifth place in the Eastern Conference with the win. But against a team long since erased from playoff contention, Washington hardly looked worthy of its standing.

    Jumaine Joness scored 25 points as Charlotte kept the lead in single digits much of the game, despite getting behind 12-0 at the start. Bernard Robinson added a career-high 21 points, including 16 in the first half, but couldn't find a way to prevent the Bobcats' third consecutive defeat.

    "I was feeling it," Robinson said. "We came out slow and I just wanted to cause some havoc."

    He may have also been trying to give his short-handed team a much-needed boost. A day after learning Emeka Okafor would miss the rest of the season with tendinitis in his sprained right ankle, Bobcats' coach Bernie Bickerstaff had to sit leading-scorer Gerald Wallace with a left ankle sprain.

    Combine that with 4-for-27 shooting in the first quarter and it looked like the Bobcats never had a chance.

    But they would close what was a 16-point deficit at the first-quarter break to four early in the third. Then the Bobcats went on a 12-3 spurt behind by seven points from Kareem Rush to make it 80-74 early in the fourth.

    The Wizards again pushed the lead to 13 when Arenas' 3-pointer from the right wing made it 89-76.

    But Alan Anderson hit a 3-pointer for Charlotte to make it 103-97 with under two minutes left in one final comeback attempt.

    "They play well against everybody," Arenas said. "When you look around the league, you don't see them getting blown out. They just play hard and they're one of those teams that you're never going to blow out."

    Caron Butler, who had 18 points, hit a pair of free throws with 1:44 to play before Jamison's follow, and Charlotte failed to make a field goal the rest of the way.

    "Tonight was a good win but we were not as productive overall as I would have liked," Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said. "We just had too many turnovers against their press and their scrambling defense."<

    ^Notes:@ The win began a four-game homestand for Washington, which will then play 12 of its last 16 on the road. ... The Wizards' streak of games with 110-plus points ended at six. ... The Bobcats are 6-27 on the road (18-48 overall). ... Tuesday was the 32nd game Arenas has scored 30 or more points this season.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 99 107
    FGM-FGA 36-90 (.400) 35-74 (.473)
    3PM-3PA 10-25 (.400) 7-15 (.467)
    FTM-FTA 17-22 (.773) 30-36 (.833)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-33 15-55
    Assists 22 19
    Turnovers 13 23
    Steals 8 8
    Blocks 1 4
    Fast Break Points 17 22
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (0/0) 23 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 16

    Top Performers

    Jumaine Jones Jones
    Points: 25
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0
    Gilbert Arenas Arenas
    Points: 34
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0