NBA Game Summary - Washington at Charlotte
(Wednesday, December 26th)
Final Score: Washington 108, Charlotte 104
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Antawn Jamison had 26 points and 14 rebounds as the Washington Wizards beat the Charlotte Bobcats, 108-104, at Charlotte Bobcats Arena.
Caron Butler contributed 25 points and eight assists, while Roger Mason added a career-high 24 points for the Wizards, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Brendan Haywood donated a season-high 20 points and nine rebounds for Washington, which helped coach Eddie Jordan to his 200th career win.
Gerald Wallace finished with a season-high 32 points, nine boards and eight assists for the Bobcats, who have dropped two in a row. Jason Richardson added 27 points in the loss.
"They came in the building on fire," said Wallace. "Teams are going to have nights when they shoot the lights out of the gym. For Washington that night was tonight."
Butler's fadeaway with 4:07 remaining gave Washington a 101-90 lead. The Bobcats, though, fought back and got within one possession. Wallace completed a three-point play with 26 ticks left to make it a 104-101 game.
Charlotte, however, allowed Nick Young to get behind the defense on the ensuing throw in and Mason found him for an open dunk, sealing the win for the Wizards.
Washington came out firing on all cylinders offensively, shooting 71 percent (15-of-21), including 7-of-8 from three-point range in the first quarter. Haywood's dunk with two seconds left put the Wizards ahead 41-30 heading into the second quarter. But Washington cooled down then, and only led 58-55 at the half.
The Bobcats then opened the second half with a 13-5 stretch, capped by a Richardson three-pointer and jumper for a 68-63 lead with 6:31 left in the third quarter.
Later in the frame, Washington recaptured the lead when back-to-back driving dunks by Haywood and Butler sparked a 15-2 surge that gave the Wizards an 81-72 advantage with 47 seconds left in the third.
Nazr Mohammed's layup 21 seconds later got Charlotte within 81-74 heading into the fourth quarter.
"They're going to have their runs," said Butler. "But if you hold your ground and stay within one or two possessions you'll be fine. We knew we could get some stops down the stretch."
Jordan is now 200-252 in six-plus seasons in the NBA, including a short stint with Sacramento...Mason was 6-for-6, including four three-points in the first quarter...The Wizards have won 11 of the 14 all-time meetings with Charlotte. They are also 6-2 in games played at the Bobcats...Attendance was 14,705.
12/26 22:59:56 ET