NBA Game Summary - Washington at Charlotte
(Wednesday, November 21st)
Final Score: Washington 114, Charlotte 111 (OT)
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Caron Butler scored a career-high 39 points, recording seven of his team's 10 points in overtime, as the Washington Wizards defeated the Charlotte Bobcats, 114-111.
Butler hit 13-of-23 shots from the floor and drained all 12 of his free throws, as the Wizards won their sixth straight game and third in a row without their leading scorer.
Prior to the game, the Wizards announced that guard Gilbert Arenas is expected to miss three months of action due to a torn meniscus in his left knee that required surgery earlier in the day. Arenas missed the prior two games with the injury which is in the same knee that required offseason surgery, also for a torn meniscus.
"Gilbert worked extremely hard this summer to be ready for the beginning of the season," Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld said in a release. "This is very unfortunate because he was starting to play at high level prior to the injury. We expect Gilbert to make a full recovery, and are confident that our other players will step up and help our team win."
Antawn Jamison added 27 points and 12 rebounds for Washington, which has won 10 of the 13 meetings against the Bobcats all-time. Antonio Daniels tallied 14 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the Wizards, who blew a late fourth-quarter lead only to rally in overtime.
"We knew we had to come out with a lot of energy," said Butler. "We dealt with the emotional strain of losing him for three months, we got together went out and got a win."
Raymond Felton had 27 points and 12 assists and Gerald Wallace scored 25 points for the Bobcats, who had a two-game win streak halted to end a three- game homestand 2-1. Emeka Okafor tallied 20 points and 14 boards for Charlotte, which used a fourth-quarter run to send the game to overtime.
After falling behind 99-90 when Daniels hit a jumper to end an 11-4 run with 3:59 left in the fourth quarter, the Bobcats came to life. Charlotte answered with a 11-2 burst of its own. Jason Richardson hit a a layup but missed converting the three-point play with 1:01 remaining to tie the game 101-101.
Jamison, though, put the Wizards ahead 104-101 next time down the floor, hitting a three-pointer with 43.6 seconds left. Jamison was given the three despite replays showing that his foot was on the arc.
Felton then hit 1-of-2 free throws with 35 seconds on the clock and hit both from the line with 22.5 ticks left in regulation to tie the game once again, 104-104.
Coming out of a timeout, Butler got the ball at midcourt and stood there with the ball until there was about five seconds left. He then made his move to the basket and missed an elbow jumper as time expired.
In the extra session, Butler made up for his last-second miss by scoring five points during a 7-1 run to start the period. He also came up big on the defensive end, coming up with a steal during a Bobcats' breakaway opportunity with 1:28 left and just seconds later blocked a shot to preserve a 111-105 lead at the time.
The Bobcats later drew within 111-109 on a Felton driving layup with 38.7 left. Then, after Jamison hit 1-of-2 from the line six seconds later, Charlotte made it a one-point contest when Okafor slammed home a loose ball with 18 seconds remaining.
Butler answered with two more free throws with 15.5 seconds left to again make it a three-point game.
Wallace, though, missed a three-pointer with three seconds left, but DeShawn Stevenson kept the Bobcats in it by missing both free throws with 1.9 left. However, Matt Carroll missed a three from the corner as time expired.
"Those are two guys (Butler and Jamison) who can carry a team," said Charlotte head coach Sam Vincent. "When you have two All-Stars on the floor sometimes that's enough. I thought those two stepped up and willed their team to the win."
Richardson ended with 10 points and Carroll had 11 off the bench for the Bobcats, who fell to 5-3 at home this season.
Washington led 26-20 following one quarter, but after going up 28-20 early in the second, the Bobcats went on a 16-4 run to go ahead. Walter Herrmann hit a pair of treys during the surge, which was capped by an Okafor bank shot at the 4:47 mark for a 36-32 edge.
Charlotte carried a 46-44 lead into halftime and increased it to 48-44 early in the third when the Wizards went on a 14-3 run to go in front. Butler scored seven points during the burst, which Jamison capped with a bucket with 7:52 left for a 58-51 cushion.
The Bobcats remained close, going ahead 68-66 after a Richardson three-pointer with 4:32 left, but Washington rallied to go into the fourth with a 79-78 edge.
Butler's previous career high was 38 points on February 5, 2007 against Seattle...Felton recorded his second straight game of 20-plus points and 10- plus assists...Wallace briefly left the game in the second quarter with a rib contusion...Andray Blatche had 12 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks for the Wizards.
11/21 23:34:31 ET