Washington Wizards (14-17) at Charlotte Bobcats (15-20), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Wizards will try to halt a three-game
losing streak and do so at the start of a three-game road trip, when they
visit the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday.
The Wiz dropped three straight, all at home, since New Year's Day. Washington
lost by an average of 11.6 points during the slide, which came on the throws
of the Wizards going 4-1 in their last five on the road.
Their most recent setback came on Sunday when the Wizards fell to the
scorching-hot Golden State Warriors, 112-96. The game was knotted at 58-58 by
the break, but the Warriors began the second half on a 19-3 run to seize
"Until we can learn to play through missed shots and not zap your own energy
and the energy of your teammates, we're going to play like that," Wizards head
coach Randy Wittman said of the run.
John Wall tallied 14 points and 10 assists for Washington. Nene also managed
14 for Washington, while Martell Webster added 11 and Marcin Gortat added 10
All 11 Wizards who saw action Sunday scored at least four points.
The Bobcats halted a five-game slide on Saturday with a 113-103 win in
Sacramento. Four of the five losses during the streak were on the road, but
Charlotte has lost two of its last three. The Bobcats hit the road for four of
their next five after Tuesday.
Kemba Walker poured in 30 points to guide the Bobcats to victory over
Al Jefferson contributed 27 points and nine rebounds. Gerald Henderson added
16 points for the Bobcats, who swept the season series and beat the Kings for
the eighth time in the last 11 meetings.
"It was a big win, especially for our confidence," Walker said.
Ramon Sessions chipped in 12 points off the bench. Chris Douglas-Roberts
managed 10 points.
The Bobcats won three of four last season from their Southwest Division
rivals. The Wizards are just 3-7 in their last 10 in Charlotte.
01/07 10:22:02 ET
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