Final

Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/21

Game 1: Wednesday, November 21st
Wizards114Final
OT
Bobcats111
Game 2: Wednesday, December 26th
Wizards108Final
Bobcats104
Game 3: Saturday, February 23rd
Bobcats95Final
Wizards110
Game 4: Saturday, March 8th
Bobcats100Final
Wizards97

Bobcats 95

(19-37, 4-20 away)

Wizards 110

(26-29, 16-12 home)

    Coverage: NE14

    7:00 PM ET, February 23, 2008

    Verizon Center, Washington, DC

    1 2 3 4 T
    CHA 27 25 19 2495
    WSH 28 23 27 32110

    Top Performers

    Charlotte: J. Richardson 25 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast

    Washington: A. Jamison 22 Pts, 9 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl

    Wizards ride 14-2 run to just second win in 12 games

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's been a difficult few weeks for the Washington Wizards. Despite their win Saturday night, it doesn't look as if things will get any easier any time soon.

    Antawn Jamison scored 22 points to lead the Wizards to just their second victory in their last 12 games, 110-95 over the Charlotte Bobcats. Washington then got ready for a three-game roadtrip to New Orleans, Houston and Chicago without Caron Butler and Gilbert Arenas.

    "We've been competitive without those guys for as long as those guys have been out," Jamison said. "We've been in games -- last-second shots, last minute of the game, we just haven't gotten it done. When they do get back, we have to find a way to get some chemistry."

    Arenas has been out for more than three months after surgery on his left knee, and while he had long targeted March 2 for his comeback, he acknowledged before the game he wouldn't be able to meet that timetable. Butler, who's missed 11 of the last 13 games with a hip flexor strain, won't be back in the immediate future, either.

    The players who remain are going to try and keep Washington in contention. Despite their horrid play recently, the Wizards remain in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, but barely ahead of New Jersey, Philadelphia and Atlanta for the final playoff spots.

    Washington coach Eddie Jordan said his team has had to adjust to different roles. Without Butler and Arenas, they've had to depend on Jamison, DeShawn Stevenson and others.

    "We're trying to get guys to close games out," Jordan said. "The guys who are on the floor -- that's not their role. It's their role now because that's what they have to do. We have to get wins when people don't expect us to get it."

    Leading 70-69 with 3:33 to play in the third quarter, Washington went on a 14-2 run, led by five points by Oleksiy Pecherov to end the third quarter and start the fourth. The run gave the Wizards an 84-71 lead with 10:53 remaining.

    "Before you know it, it's a landslide," Bobcats coach Sam Vincent said. "It goes from a five- or six-point game all the way up to 12 or 14. We had a small period where we didn't play well, and in that four- or five-minute span, they were really able to open the lead up."

    After the Wizards' decisive run, Charlotte never got closer than seven points in falling for the 10th time in 11 games. The Bobcats were without Gerald Wallace, who suffered a concussion Friday. Wallace will be out at least two weeks after playing just his second game since missing five with a strained right foot.

    Without Wallace, Jason Richardson took over as Charlotte's main offensive threat. He had 25 points, but just four in the fourth quarter. Emeka Okafor had 17 points and 13 rebounds.

    "I think in the second half, they came out wanting the game a little bit more than us," Richardson said. "We had some defensive breakdowns, but we played a pretty tough game today."

    Washington committed a season-low seven turnovers -- just three in the game's final 30:20. Brendan Haywood added 15 points and a career-high five assists.

    "We've been losing a lot of close games," Haywood said. "We don't have any closers at the end of the game. Gilbert Arenas was our closer. He was our Mariano Rivera."

    The game was close early, and Stevenson hit two free throws with 5:42 to play in the third quarter to put Washington ahead 66-64 before going on its decisive run. With Washington leading 95-87 with 4:41 left, Stevenson hit consecutive 3-pointers to give the Wizards a 101-87 lead. He finished with 20 points.

    Washington is 12-3 against Charlotte -- 6-1 at home, and has won the three meetings between the teams this season.

    Game notes


    Jared Dudley started for the Bobcats in place of Wallace. He had six points. ... The start of the second half was delayed four minutes when the net on one of the baskets was replaced. ... Charlotte played the first of three straight away from home. They're 4-20 on the road. ... The Wizards play their next three games on the road. They're 10-17 away from the Verizon Center.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    CHA
    WSH
    Points 95 110
    FGM-FGA 37-74 (.500) 45-94 (.479)
    3PM-3PA 4-14 (.286) 6-15 (.400)
    FTM-FTA 17-23 (.739) 14-18 (.778)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-20 4-26
    Assists 21 24
    Turnovers 14 7
    Steals 3 9
    Blocks 4 7
    Fast Break Points 12 9
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (2/0) 17 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 6 15

    Top Performers

    Charlotte
    Washington
    Jason Richardson Richardson
    Points: 25
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Antawn Jamison Jamison
    Points: 22
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0